Vikings send Berrian on out (of town) route

Rather than deal with a recurring distraction, the Minnesota Vikings sent wide receiver Bernard Berrian on an out route – an out of town route.

The Vikings placed the speedster they once signed to a huge deal in free agency on waivers Tursday, ending his run in purple and his short stint with coach Leslie Frazier, who benched him twice in three games. Berrian will almost surely clear waivers later today because no team will want to claim him and the $1.9 million contract for this season that would come with him. That means he’ll be able to plot his future as a free agent.

Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu have taken Berrian’s place in the offense. Stephen Burton was promoted from the practice squad to take his place.

Berrian had a solid start with the Vikings in 2008 when he caught 48 passes for 964 yards and seven touchdowns after leaving the Chicago Bears as a free agent. But he never meshed with Brett Favre and then made just seven receptions for 91 yards this season. He didn’t click with Donovan McNabb and the Vikings couldn’t risk him being a problem with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, the first-round draft pick.

Berrian took the high road after he was released, putting a statement on his Web site, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization for the past three-and-a-half years," he said. "I can't say enough about my teammates and the experience I have had here in Minnesota. I view this as an opportunity to grow as a player and to bring strengths to a new organization. I am eager to begin the next stage in my career and excited about the opportunity to continue my journey with a new team."

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