Should the Vikings Cut Bernard Berrian?

Mar 1, 2011

Bernard Berrian is expected to be released by the Minnesota Vikings this week. His is due $3.9 million this year, $6.9 million in 2012, and $7.9 million in 2013. Obviously the final two years of the contract will never come to fruition, but is it wise for them to release the veteran with Sidney Rice set to test the free agent waters?
All I have to say, is did you see him last year? The Vikings were  without Rice most of  the season and Berrian had managed just 28 catches for 252 yards. He had one game against Arizona that he actually looked like an NFL caliber receiver, catching nine passes for 89 yards. Berrian failed to top 30 yards in any other game.
His numbers have dropped in each of the last two years. He went from 48 catches for 964 yards and seven touchdowns to 55 catches for 618 yards and four touchdowns, to the aforementioned 28 catches for 252 yards. He has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 11 of 2009. He hasn’t had a 100 yard game since Week 13 of 2008.
Money aside, I don’t think he’s even worth the roster space. You always have to worry about whether or not his hamstring, toe, or another ailment will pop out. Besides, the way he failed to step up when the Vikings were in a bind at receiver last year left a bad taste in my mouth. Whether they address their wide receiver needs via the draft or via free agency, the Vikings can do a lot better than Bernard Berrian.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. houlios1
    March 3rd, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Absolutely they should cut him. He was so awful last year he isn’t worth keeping around at half the price.

    Considering our QB situation, we are rebuilding unless we get really lucky and his spot is better served by taking a flier on a developing youngster.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Agree with you 100%.

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