Vikings Could Release Veteran WR Bernard Berrian

While the clock keeps ticking towards a March 4th lockout, some teams might feel compelled to make some moves while they still can.

The Bears recently released three former starters (Adrian Peterson will be pleased to learn one of them was linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer who caused three of his seven fumbles in 2009) and a number of other teams have released players.

According to Adam Schefter, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian could be cut in the next two days.

On one hand, the notion is not at all surprising, as Berrian’s production has fallen way off the map in the last two seasons.  That lack of production no longer matches his paycheck.

Berrian will receive a small raise in 2011 bringing his base salary up to $3.9 million with a potential to earn $6.2 million if certain incentives are reached.  In 2012, Berrian’s base salary takes a big jump up to $6.9 million.

On the other hand, I would be a tad surprised to see Berrian cut this week.

Berrian made comments after the season that he and Leslie Frazier had a good conversation before departing for the offseason, and expressed excitement about his future role on the team.  Also, the Vikings brass essentially said that no major moves should be expected prior to March 4th.

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