MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 27: Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates scoring against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on August 27, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Vikings Release WR Bernard Berrian

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Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier On Bernard Berrian's Release

Yesterday, the Vikings cut ties with troubled WR Bernard Berrian, who had signed with the Vikings in 2008 for six years, $42 million. Tonight, Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier sounded off on Berrian's dismissal from the team [via Fox Sports North]: 

"One of the things we looked at was performance, for sure," Frazier said. "You like to get more from the position. Stephen Burton is a young guy we want to develop. We think he has some promise. We’re going to get a chance to look at him and see how he performs." [...]

"Bernard expressed to me he really wanted to be a part of our team and help us to be successful, but for what we’re trying to do and where we are, it’s just so important that every guy has to adhere to the way we want to get it done," Frazier said. "It’s one thing to say what I’m going to do. It’s another thing to do those things. For us, we’re trying to build something for the long term, not the short term. You’ve got to make decisions based on the bigger picture."

Although it doesn't discuss exactly what Berrian did to get on the Vikings' bad side, it is a little bit more than what was divulged to the media during Berrian's benching. When asked about it during the Vikings' last game by Pam Oliver, Berrian laughed and responded, "You know I can't talk about that." 

Berrian caught seven passes for 91 yards this season and is still owed $1.9 million for the remainder of the year. In addition, the Vikings will be responsible for the rest of his contract unless he latches on elsewhere. 

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Vikings Cut WR Bernard Berrian

Early Tuesday, James Brady posted that the Vikings had reportedly released Bernard Berrian. The move was announced by the NFL Network around noon and confirmed by the Vikings later in the day. 

Yahoo!'s Doug Farrar breaks down the "historic ineptitude" Berrian takes with him:

It's safe to say that when the Minnesota Vikings signed former Chicago Bears receiver Bernard Berrian(notes) to a six-year, $42 million contract with $16 million guaranteed money in March of 2008, they expected more than what they've received. In his 3 1/2 years as a Vikings receiver, Berrian amassed just 138 receptions for 1,925 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2010 and 2011 combined, he put up just 35 total catches … and it's not as if he hasn't had the opportunities.

In his 2011 season, Berrian was targeted 23 times by Vikings quarterbacks, and he caught just seven passes. That 30 percent catch rate is the lowest in the 19-year history of Football Outsiders' metrics, which track catch rate for primary and ancillary receivers and tight ends going back to 1993. Berrian had never had stickum hands before — he had gone above 59 percent catch rate in just one season before — but this season has been ridiculous.

Berrian sat out the last two games after supposedly missing some team meetings prior to the Arizona Cardinals game on October 9. But I think it's safe to assume that there was a whole lot more going on than a couple missed meetings.

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Vikings Reportedly Release WR Bernard Berrian

The situation with wide receiver Bernard Berrian and his relationship with the Minnesota Vikings is an odd one, at best. The receiver has been a healthy scratch in two of the last three games, including last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Berrian hasn't been putting up the numbers of expected of him, with just seven receptions on the year for under 100 yards, and he hasn't caught a touchdown pass in just about two years.

Well, it looks like the drama is at an end, at least as far as how it affects the Vikings is concerned, as Jason LaConfora is reporting that Berrian has been released:

Vikings have released WR Bernard Berrian, a move that was expected. He's been inactive lately and having some issues with the staff    

The issues with the staff still aren't fully known, but he has been complaining about playing time, which never goes well with a failure to produce when you're actually on the field. Berrian is confident in his own abilities, but hasn't really clicked with any quarterback since Brett Favre took over in 2008. Donovan McNabb is one of his supporters, but McNabb's voice from the bench doesn't provide much relief, if any.

Christian Ponder threw for good yardage and put up some points in a game against the Packers that was ultimately close. The fact that the offense was sparked without Berrian on the field probably played a part in his release on Tuesday.

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