After reportedly showing up to training camp out of shape. The Minnesota Vikings have decided to cut starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie. ProFootballTalk reports:
PFT’s Mike Florio reports via a league a source that McKinnie was released on Tuesday.
“Its been fun,” McKinnie wrote on Twitter.
Ultimately, dealing with McKinnie was no longer fun for Minnesota. He reportedly showed up to camp “extremely” out of shape and overweight, which forced the Vikings to place him on the “NFI” (non-football injury) list. He was due $5.6 million in total pay for 2011 and his play had fallen off quite a bit in 2010.
Many Vikings fans have been begging the team to cut this guy for years. He was paid like a top 10 left tackle and routinely underperformed. It’s unfortunate, because when McKinnie was motivated he could play like the top ten money he was paid. The problem is that he got comfortable and lost his ambition to dominate on the line. Let’s hope the Vikings are as confident in Johnson as we don’t have O-line depth on this team.