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Bryant McKinnie Showed Up To Training Camp at 400 Pounds

August 3, 2011 by Nick in CONTROVERSY

The Vikings were shocked and extremely upset to see Bryant McKinnie report to training camp in Mankato out of shape.  Unfortunately, big men commonly share this issue.  It’s also been stated that McKinnie has always had issues with weight but was able to get it in check before the regular season started.  This time McKinnie pissed too many Vikings personnel by showing p to camp at a rumored 400+ pounds!  That’s well over his playing weight listed at a ‘slender’ 335.  At this point the Vikings had enough.  They turned their head at the ‘love boat’ accident, the bashing of heads in Miami, and even the Pro-Bowl fiasco just recently in 2010.  It was time to cut this guy – its almost like he was begging for it.

The Vikings helped their salary- cap situation with the move. McKinnie had a cap number of $5.4 million for this season, with a base salary of $4.9 million. He was due a roster bonus of $500,000 and a workout bonus of $250,000. McKinnie had been placed on the non-football injury list (NFI) Monday as the Vikings tried to decide what to do with him.

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Leslie Frazier certainly wasn’t happy about the decision.  He had this to say: “This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season,” Frazier said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future.”

Interesting enough, recently signed left tackle Charlie Johnson will not only take over for McKinnie at left tackle, but also his number 74 jersey.

When McKinnie was asked for a statement he released: “I’ll definitely be ready for next season,” McKinnie said. “That’s not even a question.”

 

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