The Vikings cut ties with veteran wide receiver Bernard Berrian two days after he was a surprise inactive for the second time in three weeks.
His release wasn’t shocking after coach Leslie Frazier said the team planned to talk about Berrian’s future. He fell far short of expectations considering he signed a six-year, $42 million contract as a free agent in 2008.
“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization for the past three and a half years,” Berrian said in a statement released by his agent. “I can’t say enough about my teammates and the experience I have had here in Minnesota. I view this as an opportunity to grow as a player and to bring strengths to a new organization. I am eager to begin the next stage in my career, and excited about the opportunity to continue my journey with a new team.”
Berrian was inactive against Arizona three weeks ago because he missed two team meetings. He caught five passes in the Week 6 loss in Chicago, but dropped a key pass early in the game that allowed the Bears to gain control of the game.
Berrian, as with any veteran cut after the trade deadline, is subject to waivers and could be claimed because of his production in the West Coast offense.
Berrian has been outspoken recently about his playing time, even claiming that he’s “been open for the past four years” when questioned about his lack of production. On that topic, he entered a heated Twitter exchange with state representative John Kriesel, who said on KFAN radio in Minneapolis that he’d take Berrian up on his offer to show that he’s been open on game film.