It didn’t take long for the Vikings to address one of their biggest needs through free agency, as reports are coming in that the team has closed on a six-year deal with now former Bears wide out Bernard Berrian. It was known that Berrian was in Winter Park talking to the Vikings over the last day or so, and that the Vikings were trying hard to do whatever it takes to get a deal done. Coach Brad Childress joked that Berrian was “not here against his will.”
Signing Berrian gives the Vikings an immediate threat in the passing game, as he will be the teams top receiver and will give a great target to QB Tavaris Jackson. Berrian’s numbers have gotten better year after year, as last season in 16 games he had 71 grabs for 951 yards and five TD’s. The Bears really wanted to keep Berrian, and had made him a last-ditch offer of five years for $25 million, and he flat out refused it. Berrian was looking for a six-year deal, and he got it from the Vikings, for likely quite a bit more money.
Minnesota last season didn’t have that great of a passing attack, as Bobby Wade was the teams leading wide out with 54 catches for 647 yards and three TD’s. Sidney Rice, who is an up and coming receiver, had 31 grabs for 396 yards with four TD’s.