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Is Berrian close to being released?

Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:12 pm
BerrianPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian was surprisingly deactivated in Week 5 two weeks ago, you still could make some sense of it.

After all, he had been involved in a Twitter war with a Minnesota state legislator/war veteran who had no legs, and when the unknowing Berrian called on his opponent to sit down and shut up – not to mention Berrian missing a couple team meetings – a seat on the bench probably was the right move.

But what do we make of coach Leslie Frazier’s decision to deactivate Berrian once again Sunday vs. the Packers? It probably means Berrian isn’t long for Minnesota’s roster, especially since Frazier didn’t have a great explanation when asked why Berrian didn’t play.

“Just a decision that I made about whether or not he was going to be active or not active,” Frazier said via “Just a decision that I made that we’ll probably get into later on in the week, but just a decision that I made.”

What makes the decision even stranger is that Berrian was coming off a four-catch, 54-yard performance vs. the Bears, his best stat line since Week 9 of the 2010 season.

When asked about Berrian’s future, Frazier continued to speak in vague generalities.

“It’s something we’ll talk about this week and we’ll talk about it more this week,” he said.

As the website pointed out, Berrian took a paycut of $2 million before this season, but with his base salary slated to rise to $6.9 million next year (he makes $1.9 million this season), there’s little chance he’d be back next year without restructuring his contract again. But with his production and disciplinary problems, I wouldn’t count on it.

And considering Frazier won’t get specific, it seems likely Berrian is very close to having to turn in his playbook.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:05 pm

Is Berrian close to being released?

The other oddity in keeping Bernard Berrian around and not activating him is the trade deadline came and went last week.  If Carson Palmer can fetch two 1st rounders as a "retired" quarterback, I'd have to think somebody who was starved for a wide receiver with a track record would have at least offered up a 5th or 6th round pick for Berrian.

Even with the contract changes that keep him cheap for this season and expensive next year, whatever team that picked up Berrian could dump him in the offseason with a minimal hit to their salary cap.  If Brandon Lloyd was worth a conditional pick (that looks like it'll be a 6th rounder if he walks), who wouldn't give Berrian a shot for a 6th rounder?  A sixth rounder is rarely a starter when you pick them; they have to grow into the role.  Berrian could be somebody's 3rd receiver and a sixth rounder is cheap for a team that needs depth to spread the field.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:25 pm

Is Berrian close to being released?

ok thanks for the info....i figure he wrote the article hoping someone would comment well here it is.....

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