There’s a reason we haven’t heard any word yet about the Vikings cutting Bernard Berrian: It’s because they’re not cutting him. At least that’s how things look after a tweet by good old B_Twice suggesting he is still firmly in the fold for Minnesota.
“Was good talkin to everyone @ Winter Park. Got my playbook n now it’s time to study study study. Now, I feel like football is back,” Berrian posted moments ago to his popular Twitter account.
No genius-level deductive reasoning ability required here. The Vikings wouldn’t give Berrian a playbook if they intended cutting him. It’s still possible Berrian will be asked to restructure his contract, but not necessarily. Others have pointed out that Berrian’s cap number for this year is not outrageously high, especially if Sidney Rice leaves and you’re hard-up for a receiver.
All off-season we assumed Berrian was gone, for various reasons, but the key point we overlooked – perhaps deliberately, in our zeal to be rid of the sometimes-disengaged receiver – was that Leslie Frazier himself spoke to Berrian after the season and expressed interest in having him back. Sometimes it pays to take the coach at his word.
And what does this news about Berrian say for Sidney Rice? Let’s put it this way: I’d hold off on purchasing that Vikings Rice jersey.