Bernard Berrian: 'If we have to cut ties, we have to cut ties'

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to make a push to keep wide receiver Sidney Rice from bolting via free agency.

One way to free up some money for that would be to cut ties with the receiver they spent big on in 2008 – Bernard Berrian. The former Chicago Bear has largely been disappointing in Minnesota and he struggled last season, making only 28 receptions for 252 yards with no touchdowns. Berrian averaged 20.1 yards per catch and scored seven touchdowns in his first season wearing purple – statistics helped by a 99-yard touchdown reception he had against his former NFC North team in the Metrodome.

Now, Berrian might have to return to the Metrodome as a visitor if the Vikings cut ties with him. From the sounds of things, the possibility has at least crossed his mind.

“Until I hear otherwise, I'm just really ready to get back to work," Berrian told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "If we have to cut ties, then we have to cut ties."

Berrian has a salary cap number of more than $6.25 million this season and the Vikings project to be just over the cap. But Zulgad points out coach Leslie Frazier predicted a major role for the speedy wideout this season.

“I'd have to go back and talk to my agent (Drew Rosenhaus about possibly restructuring) and have all the talks and discussions that we need to go through for that," Berrian said. "But whatever happens, it's going to happen. One way or the other."

New quarterback Christian Ponder received a copy of the playbook this spring and worked in it with some teammates. Berrian said he’s yet to see it. Maybe he will not need to after all. Stay tuned.

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