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Changing Of The Tackle: Vikings Release McKinnie

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 2, 2011 – 1:56 pm

The Vikings made several roster transactions in the days preceding 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp and their efforts to mold the team’s roster continued early this week. Their latest move revamps one of the most important positions on the field – left tackle – and it marks the end of an era as well.

The Vikings on Tuesday released LT Bryant McKinnie, ending his nine-year run with the Vikings. In his place, the Vikings might call on OT Charlie Johnson, whom the team acquired on Monday. Johnson is entering his sixth season in the NFL and spent the previous five campaigns with the Indianapolis Colts.

“This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings and we wish him the best in the future.”

McKinnie had been a solid starter for the Vikings throughout his career, never missing a game because of injury, blocking for six of the top eight single-season rushers in team history and blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher in the past five seasons. He did what you expect from a #7 overall choice – lock down a starting spot for nearly a decade.

But the time came for Minnesota to replace him. Suspect play over the past two seasons along with other ancillary issues moved the Vikings to make a change. The addition of Johnson will provide Vikings QBs with a capable, experienced blindside protector and it will make them younger at the position.

Johnson, a product of Oklahoma State, has played in 74 career games with 54 starts, yet he’s just 27 years old. He measures in at 6-4, 305 pounds, giving him the size up front to battle in the run game but also giving him the mobility to handle outside speed rushers in pass protection. And you don’t hang around the Colts for six seasons if you’re not productive and reliable.

The Colts selected offensive linemen with their first two picks of the 2011 NFL Draft and then were unable to re-sign Johnson.

The Vikings are itching to get back to the postseason and the addition of Johnson will be helpful in that quest. He’s played in 10 playoff games with five starts, including appearances in two Super Bowls and one Super Bowl start. The Colts won 10+ games every year Johnson played there and Johnson was Manning’s blindside protector for a pair of MVP seasons in 2008 and 2009.

This move truly marks a transition for the Vikings at a premier position. McKinnie has drawn a profuse amount of criticism over the last two seasons, but an objective look at his career should yield a favorable opinion of his tenure in Minnesota. At the same time, this has the potential to be a positive move for the Vikings as they look to build a roster that can take the franchise back to the playoffs.


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94 Responses to “Changing Of The Tackle: Vikings Release McKinnie”

  1. By Aceviking on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hmmmm

  2. By David on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hard to believe they couldn’t find someone to trade a 6 or 7th round pick for him but at least he won’t get McNabb and Ponder killed like he did Favre

  3. By Mike B on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Well Fred you got me on this one. I take my hat off to you. I guess the Vikings were going to give Mac a chance during the offseason to get back in shape and it didn’t happen. I wish him luck in the future. Good on you Fred.

  4. By Carl Brodin on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings could not have made a better move by getting rid of Mckinnie. We welcome Charlie Johnson with open arms. This is a good day for the Vikings. Horray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. By Shawn on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    did he eat his trainer?

  6. By Mike Wobschall on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    It’s not hard to believe. If you were a coach or general manager in the NFL, would you trade for that player/contract combo?

  7. By Mike B on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you Mike W on that too much salary to risk for a trade. I don’t know how out of condition he is, but is it possible he could comeback at much less salary in a backup role?

  8. By Norton on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    really I loved watching him get tossed around and blown bye with are qb running for his life. Mount Mckinnie will not be missed

  9. By VikesfanNO on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we should try grabbing Asante Samuel if we can

  10. By Parody on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I found an article that indicates McKinnie wanted to be cut loose from his contract. It made it sound at first as if he thought he was worth more money, but in the end it looked like he was just unhappy that the team put him on the disabled list for being so overweight.

  11. By DuaneN on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Might be freeing up some money to sign somebody. I hope so.

  12. By Dave (FLVike) on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t forget we drafted a swing tackle that played both RT and LT in Demarcus Love. If nothing else, this shows that the coaches must have some faith in the young guys to develop. If they didn’t like the young guys, they wouldn’t risk not having the depth. Charlie Johnson is not a pro bowl tackle but more consistent and an established starter. Good move and this cap space feels like making cap room for another move. Stay tuned.

  13. By Parody on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I wish we could see a list of the salaries that are being signed to. It would make it a lot more realistic for us all to speculate how the team is going to improve while adhering to the rules of the salary cap.

  14. By djtwise on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    OK BUY HIM OUT BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO THINK .. IF THE GUYS WAS A STARTER FOR ALMOST 10 YRS.. JUST LIKE FARVE .. THEN WHY NOT COME OFF THE BENCH .. I’D RATHER HAVE SOMEONE LIKE THAT TO BACK UP THAN A SCRUB .. EVEN THO HE WAS IN THERE IN OUT LOVE BOAT DAYS .. AND WE TRYNA FORGET ALL THAT .. THT’S WHY I CAN’T HATE ON LESLIE FOR THIS MOVE

  15. By Skol_Vikes98 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Its too bad everyone hates McKinney so much. He had a fantastic first 8 years here, and his last two weren’t even that bad, I just think he wore down a bit. Oh well, congraduations to McKinney for your service time as a Viking. I hope he gets a shot elsewhere to finish his career.

  16. By deeringg on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    wow these are the first positive post i have seen on this page.

  17. By Scott Wilson on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Alwats thought McKinney was over-rated. He was someone that always thought he was better than he really was. Hopefully the Vikes can pick up a veteran replacement when teams start cutting people to meet the salary cap. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Bryant !!!

  18. By jv3rnon on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    We should grab a safety or a veteran O-lineman. Vikings getting better

  19. By Lbrown311 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    How do you argue with 9rs. as a starter. That is pretty good talent at the NFL level if you ask me. thanks for playin McKinnie. Hope you find some juice left in your glass. On that note, good move vikes. I like the swap out. Lets grab a corner or a No. 1 wideout…that is if we got cash

  20. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/28618/vikings-stadium-nfl-loans-should-continue

  21. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    http://ksax.com/article/stories/S2217561.shtml?cat=10230&v=1

    Ramsey County Commissioner, Rafael Ortega, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he would love to see two stadiums come out of the Vikings deal, but he says there currently would not be enough sales tax revenue to cover both. It could happen Ortega says, if state lawmakers get extremely creative

  22. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    http://ksax.com/article/stories/S2217561.shtml?cat=10230&v=1

    Representative Mahoney says about 170-million of sales tax revenue would come out of St. Paul consumers. He says the Saints should be included in the Vikings plan so the team could build a new 25-million dollar ballpark in the Lowertown part of St. Paul

  23. By FLAVIO on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    SOMEONE SAID WE

    someone said we should try and get Ashante Samuels…..why don’t they this would be great for us…he will have a chip on his shoulder and would want to prove to philly that he was worth keeping

    s

  24. By Daniel on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I liked Mckinnie before the love boat thing. I remember how much wind was let out of our sails that year. It really had an effect on mckinnie and cullpepper. more on cullpepper, but I think mckinnie was ready. That saved us a ton of cap space. He was one of our highest paid. Now is the time for a big name saftey. There are good names still out there. I vote Bernard Pollard. And for the love of all things, let Herrera go. That is another guy that needs to go. His play the past three years have been the worst out of all our lineman. Even when healthy the guy misses so many blocks.

  25. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, if the ST. Paul Saint stadium would only cost 25-Million, why is the Vikings stadium costing so much more? Can’t the Vikings come up with a semi roofed stadium that would cost less then what the estimated cost is at this time, and Mr. Dayton, if you are reading this, are you truly ready to let the Vikings move? Mr. Dayton are you saying that the roads in the Arden Hills area will not be repaired without the Vikings being their?

  26. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8212e9c6/article/vikings-cut-longtime-lt-mckinnie-excolt-johnson-takes-over

    McKinnie stayed at his home in Miami most of the offseason, working on his budding music career and prolifically tweeting about his social life on South Beach.

    Now the Vikings likely will turn to the 27-year-old Johnson, who started 54 games for the Indianapolis Colts and protected Peyton Manning’s blind side in 2008 and 2009. In Minnesota, Johnson will be charged with keeping new quarterback Donovan McNabb clean

  27. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Good Job Vikings, We need players who want to play and are ready to play.

  28. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    That was the problem with the 2010 season, too many players unwilling to play for the team. Now maybe the team will play with a new attitude and wiliness to give their all.

  29. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I sense a new error for the Vikings, maybe a SB or two.

  30. By joshK on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    MIKE IS THERE A LIST OF THE LINEMAN WE GOT IN FREE AGENCY.

    i see that Johnson was a starter for several years. was the other free agent a starter? are they any good?

  31. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hope runs wild in Minnesota!

  32. By DRS on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.vikings.com/team/roster.html

  33. By Tim on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Why did they not try to trade Mckinnie any ways i am glad he is gone. If he would have stayed D. Nabb would be in a lot of trouble.

  34. By Nicholas on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    This organization looks a lot smarter day by day : ) I wonder if a lot of this has to do with how much easier coach Frazier is to work with than coach Chilly.

  35. By Nicholas on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    This move saved the Vikings $5.4 million on the salary cap. Ohhhh yeah!

  36. By Vking5 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Lets take that money and get M.Floyd!!!!!

  37. By Daniel on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I really like what the Vikes have done so far BUT the saftey possition. There is one guy out of free agency left who would be a steal and a great great addition for us. Bernard Freaking Pollard. This guy in my view, is way over looked and plays as good as adrian wilson. If there was just one big move the vikes could make to seal up this bunch, would be to sign this guy. Minn would love him and would make recievers be really cautious with him back there. Sign the man vikes. And for the love of all things, sign Peterson!

  38. By fuzzy on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Interesting. Does this mean Charlie Johnson will actually start at tackle? That surprised me. Either way, I’m both happy and sad. I, too, remember the love boat incident and the feeling I had afterwards, mostly aimed at McKinnie, just being so sad to lose him. He was a great player for us, just has had a few off years. Here’s looking towards the future… Skol!

  39. By Vernon on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Suprised that the Vikings Brass didnt Trade Big Mac for Vincent Jackson the Chargers would of considered the trade…

  40. By Shawn on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @Vernon … you have to let people know what the Chargers will do sooner, what else are the chargers looking to do Vernon?

  41. By jimthebassman on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    There was no way the Vikes could of traded BIG MAC, because nobody would have even traded a “10th ROUND” choice for him! Last year he couldn’t block for the run, good thing Peterson can cut back, and the DE’s was always getting around him. He had his good days, but when you get older, you have to maintain your body a lot more than when you were 21 because the young speed not can, but will kill!!! I hope him the best for the good years that he did give the Vikes, and if he can get himself together, he might be able to get a backup job somewhere.

  42. By MTVikesfan on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    In dire need now not only of depth at Safety, but OL as well. Another linebacker wouldn’t hurt either. Really wish they would find a better center than John Sullivan, although maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt since he was injured last year. However, he needs to either play stronger, or they need to find somebody bigger, or somebody who plays stronger than he does.

  43. By Pat the Viking on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I would love to see the Vikings get players that live, breathe and bleed FOOTBALL – that gives 110% – 24/7 – 365 days a year – Football, Football, FOOTBALL !!!!

    SUPERBOWL, SUPERBOWL, SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS !!!!!

  44. By Cullen on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Bryant McKinnie had tremendous out-of-this-world talent. When he worked hard, he was pro bowl caliber. The problem was his character and lack of work ethic. Who could forget the way Julius Peppers schooled him late in ’09, as the Vikings hopes for the #1 seed went up in smoke. He was too erratic. The big challenge was trying to get under the cap, and McKinnie’s lack of conditioning paired with the acquisition of Johnson made the decision easy. I hoped we could restructure Peterson’s contract, and they shoud still try, but I’m not crying the blues seeing #74 go. He was pretty lame last year, and had a lot to do with the team’s demise. Need I go back to the love boat scandal, beating bouncers with crowd control posts, or the subject of local news stories when they find remnants of marijuana in the garbage he and a teammate dumped. It’s a shame, because the guy would have been a hall of famer with the heart of an Antoine Winfield. I wish we would have drafted offensive line in rounds 1 and 2, this year, but I do like the character of the players they drafted instead. Hopefully the offensive line can jell and play well enough to give this aging talented roster one more shot this year.

  45. By mr smiff on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    FINALLY!!! THE VIKINGS FRONT OFFICE WENT AND GREW THEMSELVES A PAIR THIS OFFSEASON!!! THIS IS THE BOLD MOVE I’VE LOOKING FOR FROM THEM EVER SINCE HE ALMOST GOT FAVRE KILLED LAST SEASON!!! HOPE LIVES AGAIN IN MINNESOTA!!! SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. By Ed on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Take a look at the films, this guy cannot block, over rated out of school, lot’s of potential but it never surfaced. He ended Brent’s career again look at the film.

  47. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    First of all, with all do respect. We should have all waited and let Frederick Jones be the first to post on this one. Since week 2 or 3 last year he has been lobbying and laying out a case for improved offensive linemen. A general question to anyone with knowledge of some of the best linemen in football. I used to love seeing John Runyan making blocks for Westbrook in Philly. He approached the line with a nasty posture, and he attacked the defender with a sense of nastyness. Are their any offensive linemen currently in the league with a bit of a nasty streak? ala Conrad Dobler of the 70′s.

  48. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’m glad he’s gone. Hopefully the Vikes will assemble a more aggressive and athletic line going forward. Size is great, when you can move it.

  49. By grunting viking warrior. on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @arrow 86, your last comment sounded like a craigslist want ad for men seeking men.

  50. By grunting viking warrior. on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was speaking about comment 47, but 48 works too I guess. Go Vikes!

  51. By DaVikings on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    It’s about time! Although he was a good tackle for some time the last few years weren’t to hot and last year he kind of stunk. Maybe this will make loadholt wise up and play better also!

  52. By mr smiff on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    And in true McKinnie fashion, after getting cut, he runs to TMZ and tries to make it sound like it was he who asked to be released. Does this remind anyone out there of “I didn’t really get kicked off the Pro Bowl, I just couldn’t play because I was injured!” The man had potential, but was too pathetic to reach it. I say good riddance.

  53. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Grunting Vike Warrior: LMAO I didn’t proof that real well, but I’m all in for what the Vikings appear to be doing so far this season.

  54. By Frederick Jones on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS,

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on the stadium issues. Maybe the Vikings should help fund the St. Paul Stadium, and make it a little bit bigger. Then they would have the option of playing in two stadiums. Crazy? It might be better than no new stadium, and the team moving to LA.

  55. By Frederick Jones on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @MTVikesFan,

    You and I seem to be on the same page, exactly!

    Safety, OLine, and Linebackers.

    Although I can’t complain anymore about the offensive line, it would help to get another center or guard on the same ability level as Charles Johnson.

    There are a lot of injuries in the NFL.

  56. By CA Norwegian on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Fred called it right. Now it looks like McNabb is getting that McDonalds endorsement. McNabb your McNuggets.before someone else does. I still think one more great inside guy is what we need. Pref. Center and Guard. Maybe the giuys they have will work out. Let us go forth on fouth and short with confidence.

  57. By tru-speed on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    loadholt is still young! but AP still got more yards running to the right! When teams knew we were running to loaholt’s side!!! bye big mac!!! AP’s 2000 yards season is comming this year!!!!!!!!!!

  58. By RJ on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    mckinnie will be missed. welcome charlie! now what are we gonna do about center? degeare to fill in at RG? hope chris cook can stay healthy and play!

  59. By CA Norwegian on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I remember Brett couldn’t see gjuys open because the tackles are too tall. Maybe those l6-8 guys shouldjn’t stand so tall ias the pocket. Maybe QB can see a little more now. I thank you McKinnie. Sorry to see you go.

  60. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Center: If Olin Kruetz of the Bears is available, take him!
    Safety: I’m not up on that one
    CB: Asante Samual, we should have some money to spend since we released Lito!

    When the Vikes Drafted Loadholt, didn’t they pass on Michael Orr? I may be wrong on that one, but I thought we had a chance at him.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    ~~~It is good to see the Vikings do something to improve the offensive line.

    Perhaps Frazier wants to go with more guys that are hungry for success.

    Maybe the offensive line will s c r a p and work hard to achieve success as
    a group, which is what matters in this great team sport.

    Everyone seems to agree we need a good veteran safety. Currently it’s our greatest need!

  62. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Olin Kruetz is available…. I’m probably the only guy on the blogs who wants him on our O-line, I’ll shut up for tonight.

    The Saints center is also available. But,,,,,,,,,, I like Kruetz.

  63. By animal26 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    you’re not the only one Arrow86. I really hope the Vikings at least make an effort to get him. Would allow us to trade Sully for a drat pick or 2, then we have a proven veteran, who can also mentor Brandon Fusco.

  64. By Woodboat on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Fred. Safety is our current most glaring need. I think we could use a number one CB as well. I think that by the end of the year, the Loadholt supporters will be calling for an upgrade to our RT spot. Other than that, I think depth is lacking at a few spots, but we don’t have a bad team. 9-7 shouldn’t be unattainable, maybe even a playoff spot.

  65. By Arrow86 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Animal26!

  66. By Mike B on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Safety Dashon Goldson Brodney Pool and Dante Whitner are still availible according to NFL.com WR Braylon Edwards, Derrick Mason, Malcom Floyd, TO, and Steve Smith are still availible. What’s the info on these guys other than TO and Edwards?

  67. By Mike B on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Are we getting close on the cap number? I am wondering how much more they have to spend on vet players. Mike W. do you have any information on this. What are the plans for Ben Leiber, and Pat Williams. iIf they can’t find a team to pay them higher than Vet min will the Vikings bring them back at Vet Min?

  68. By Shawn on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian … there were no recievers open last year

    Baskett Lewis and Berrian couldnt get open on the moon by themselves

  69. By bullvike on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    good riddance! This is a great move.

  70. By djtwise on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY READ THESE BLOGS .. OR IS ALL THIS FOR NOTHING .. I MEAN THE BLOGGER HERE ACTUALLY MAKE SOME REALLY GOOD SUGGESTIONS .. I WOULD ONLY IMAGINE THAT COACH WOULD BE THAT TIMES 1000 .. I MEAN WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT JUST BCUZ WE HAVE A PLAYER AT A POSITION DOESN’T MEAN WE CAN’T UPGRADE …HEY THIS IS COMMING FROM THE GUY WHO JUST KNEW AND WAS 100% SURE WE WERE GONNA DRAFT PRINCE AMUKAMARA .. AND THEN GO GET VINCE YOUNG AFTER GETTING RELEASED .. MAYBE YALL SHOULD LISTEN TO ME .. I MADE THE SUGGESTION TO GO GET VICK .. NOW HE’S ALL NFL AGAIN .. I WAS BLOGGIN ALL THIS THEN TOO .. BUT RIGHT NOW .. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD .. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CAN WE START LOOKING ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL .. BCUZ EVERYWHERE I LOOK WERE WEAK AND I’M A FAN I KNO I LOVE OUR PLAYERS TOO , BUT C’MON MAN .. FRANCHISE TAG CHAD GREENWAY ???? INSTEAD OF SIDNEY?? OK ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE PLAYERS TO SHOW UP ON SUNDAY BUT ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL WHOES THE #1 CORNER .. AND EJ’S MY BOY BUT HE NEEDS TO BE COMMIN OFF THE BENCH OR MOVE TO THE OUTSIDE BCUZ WE NEED PRO BOWL CALIBER AT THAT POSITION AND I FEEL ABDULLAH ..BUT THAT’S IT … SERIOUSLY I’LL START BRANDON BURTON.. MIGHT SOUND CRAZY BUT IT’S ABOUT TIME WINFIELD PLAYS THE SLOT

  71. By Tim on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    c’mon vikings please go get floyd, it would help passing game a lot.

  72. By Tim on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Vikings fans who do you think is the vikings biggest rivals outside of the NFC north personally i think it is the new york giants i feel there has been a lot of bad blood since we lost to them in the 2000 NFC championship game 41 to 0 thats really bad memories any ways suggestions please

  73. By Bob on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Guess McNabb and Ponder told the coaches “we don’t want to end up like Favre last year.”

  74. By travis on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Big McKinnei has been getting killed for the last couple of years whenever he goes up against the more athletic DE’s. Just being a load no longer works in the NFL i am so glad they dropped him and his bad attitude. Now please sign another WR!

  75. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @ Tim….Personally, I’ve hated Dallas since the Staubach-Drew Pearson “Hail Mary”, a pass that was so blatantly offensive interference that a seeing-eye dog could have called it.

  76. By Frederick Jones on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Nova is back! Long time…no hear from old friend.

    What do you think of the Vikings latest moves?

  77. By C.C. on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Great Move On The Oline maybr Favare will come back

  78. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Fred, I like dumping McKinnie, he was fun while he lasted. As for McNabb, time will tell, but we need some experience back there……good move. Looks like your OL may be improved, let’s hope so for whoever is under center for us.

  79. By Doug on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Now they should get rid of Loadbolt another underachiver. They still need corners and safeties.

  80. By Stoney on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Right Said FRED, good move dumping McKinnie, he let down the team and the fans because he wouldn’t do the work! We do not need players with a poor attitude. For all of you that want B.Edwards he has a bad tude and hands are not very good.

  81. By Viking 12 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I heard from a good source that Mckinnie reported to camp saying he weight 330 and weighted i closer to 400……..He can have a fun life eating and chasing lil kim…Thank you for nothing

  82. By jv3rnon on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Well McKinnie let us down. The good side we save 5.4 million. So are we gone Landry for safety,Floyd for WR, or and O-lineman? Frazier is moving us in the right direction. Still need OLB where Leber was playing.

  83. By jv3rnon on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes need center,safety,olb, and maybe one more WR.

  84. By rye on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE the move. McKinnie was dead weight… he lacked effort.

    We have the free agent pickup Johnson to take McKinnie’s place. He started for the Colts so we should be good.

    Even better… the star tribune reported the vikes are still int he Malcolm Floyd hunt. Now that the vikes just freed up over 5 million in cap space maybe we can land him. If not floyd, maybe a stud safety or another stud offensive lineman.

    I am pumped by this move and excited to see who they pickup as a result.

  85. By Frederick Jones on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @Stoney,

    I think that Frazier is being smart and not saying much about the offensive line. I think he is also doing that with the defensive halfbacks!

    He knows where we are weak, and is trying to keep that from the other teams. It’s just like buying a car, you don’t want them to know that you love the red corvette because it will drive the price up.

    There are teams out there with an excess in certain positions. The Vikings need to find those teams, and buy or trade for the people we need.

    I am also inspired by the fact the Vikings management are trying to pick up
    people with the right attitude, and not just picking talented guys.

  86. By Stoney on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, I agree, I would like to see another O-line pick up

  87. By B-Dog Cometh on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Reports are McKinnie wasn’t even under 400 lbs….he basically gave up completely in the offseason. I don’t blame the Vikes at all and am glad they made this move. We seem to be pretty loaded at OL right now…I like some of the young guys and signing Charlie Johnson is great. The Vikes are making some good moves right now…I hope they keep progressing and improving this team so we can get back to being Division Champs and hopefully getting back to the NFC title game (and a little revenge).

  88. By Tim on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Novascotiavike thank you for your response i agree with you the Cowboys have also been a good rival as well

  89. By B-Dog Cometh on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Tim, in response to your question, my personal feel is Dallas will always be a rival of ours due to our pasts…we butted heads with those guys a lot and all of us Vikings fans can attest to hating them. The NY Giants…yes, I think it is fair to say we have a pretty heated rivalry with them. Also, SF 49ers back when they were good. Lastly, the AZ Cardinals….people say, AZ Cardinals? yes, I live here in AZ and have been to the Vikes/Cardinals games for years; they get really heated. So many MN fans live here in AZ, especially in the winter (snow birds) that the Vikings get a lot of fan support…I’ve seen Cards games where at least half the crowd is wearing Vikings colors. The Cardinals fans hated that back when the Cardinals were really bad, and so it has grown into a contentious rivalry between teams from different divisions.

  90. By Parody on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @B-Dog – I can attest to the same. I visited my sister in AZ a few years ago and we went to a Vikings game. Even though my grandparents had retired to AZ, and now I have some aunts and uncles retiring down there as well, I was still shocked at how well represented the Vikings fanbase was. It was surprising how many bars were loaded with purple jerseys before the game. Then I got inside the stadium and it wasn’t hard at all to find Vikings fans around us.

  91. By CA Norwegian on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn – I am no apologist for those receivers. If your referring to me saying Favre couldn’t see the open receivers over the Tackles, that was something I was quoting from Brett, when asked about an open receiver (at a press conference) for a TD and he said, “He couldn’t see over the tackle.” It looks like Bernard will have a part in the offense, if he is as he was before last year. I think they have the core of guys to pick from without upsetting the cap now. But it is exciting to think other star powered guys could come here.

  92. By Nick on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good call!

  93. By Lutefisk on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I hate to say it, but Johnson probably won’t be a great improvement over McKinnie at LT. He’s a much better guard which is his natural position. He started at LT in Indy in 2009, 2010 due to the colts’ lack of depth in the OL. Udoh was supposed to be the LT but was injusted early in 2009. Johnson would be a great replacement for Herrera, but he’s only 305 and not very effective against a bull rush. That really limits him at LT. He’ll be more mobile that McKinnie, but he’s another one dimensional blocker. Remember, Manning was actually SCRAMBLING most of last season due to lack of blocking and some injured receivers. It wasn’t pretty.

  94. By jaavikingfan on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Has any one looked at this thomas Welch Kid??? he is 6-7 & 315lb and played left at vandy.

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