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Frazier Vouches For Berrian

So much for Bernard Berrian’s release being a no-brainer this offseason.

Berrian seemingly was not a favorite of Brett Favre and hit rock bottom in 2010 when he only netted 28 catches, 252 yards, and no touchdowns.  Head coach Leslie Frazier, however, seems willing to shrug off the down year and make Berrian earn his money.

“Bernard Berrian is going to step up and have a great year,” Frazier said on Friday.

Frazier also said that acquiring one of the few remaining free agent receivers is “not our focus” and dismissed the idea that his offense will be unable to stretch the field.

 “We’ve got Bernard Berrian here for a reason,” Frazier said. “He’s going step up and help us in that (deep-ball) area. Percy (Harvin) can still catch the ball deep. Visanthe (Shiancoe) can still stretch the field down the middle of the field. We’ve got some weapons to stretch the field when we need to.”

Despite the fact that it hasn’t been officially announced, Frazier also confirmed that the Vikings had signed receiver Devin Aromashodu, who will likely provide competition for Greg Camarillo and Jaymar Johnson on the depth chart.

The Vikings have been rumored to be interested in receivers James Jones, Braylon Edwards, Malcolm Floyd, and Michael Jenkins.  The rumors have centered on the Vikings interest in Jones, but both the Jets and the Packers are thought to still be pursuing him, so nothing is certain at this point.

Of those guys, Jones seems like he has the most upside, but he has been two inconsistent to be considered a sure bet.  Edwards could possibly be suspended for his recent legal troubles, and Floyd was inconsistent as a starter during Vincent Jackson’s holdout last season.  Jenkins, despite his familiarity with Bill Musgrave, is just not a very exciting acquisition.

I personally think the Vikings need to explore every option at the receiver position.  This includes checking out Steve Smith’s (Giants) knee, bringing Randy Moss in for a good heart-to-heart, finding out if Plaxico has anything left in the tank, and getting Musgrave’s take on Eric Weem’s ability to be more than a return man.

Frazier expressed his support of Sidney Rice’s decision to take the best deal he could get for his family and wished him the best, but there is little doubt that his absence leaves the Vikings in an awkward situation, the same as it did last year when they decided to pursue Vincent Jackson and Randy Moss in the middle of the season.

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10 Responses to “Frazier Vouches For Berrian”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    My impression is Viking are beginning to develop an interest in Larry Fitzgerald to match with Donovan McNabb.

    Fitzgerald is a Free Agent next year (2012).

    Why break the bank for a receiver? If there isn’t much left other than what you have listed above Vike may have to wait in the weeds.

  2. hookem says:

    I think I am the only viking fan that still believes in berrian. I think he will be deadly this year. I do because they wont have him running stupid routes crossing the field like they did last year with that coach. When he was with the bears he was a deep threat and his first year with us he was productive when he went deep. I think they will realize that he needs to go deep and with Arceneaux we have two capable deep threats while we have percy and the two tight ends to worry about the middle of field and with adrian coming out to catch we have potential to be deadly on offense as long as oline gives mcnabb time

  3. Randy Perrin says:

    I just don’t see how they can hold onto someone who would free up over 6 million on the salary cap this year. At least restructure his contract.

  4. 4eversteve says:

    Arceneaux may turn out to be a good signing, but I worry that he didn’t face a lot of press coverage in the CFL with the receiver getting a running start before the snap of the ball and NFL caliber CB’s may lead to some growing pain for him trying to make the adjustment. Lost Viking, you make a great point about Larry Fitzgerald, but will the Vikings be able to clear enough salary cap room for next year with the pressing matter of trying to get Adrian Peterson locked up to a new deal?

    • Lost Viking says:

      If Viking start this year they should be able to clear salary space for 2012 assuming Fitz wants to come. That’s why I’d expect Spielman to ‘rent-a-receiver’ this year: Jenkins or Edwards on a show-me deal.

      Good point about Manny Arceneaux and press coverage. As a rule you have to give CFL stars a full season to adjust to NFL. He could be a good receiver but only half the CFL stars coming to the NFL even make the roster.

      On subject of Berrian Isn’t it disingenuous to say Favre never developed a respect for Berrian as a receiver? Look, if Berrian was open he would have received the pass. Berrian and M. Jenkins have similar qualities although Berrian was the deep ball threat about four seasons ago. After all BB’s hamstring problems I expect Jenkins has slightly better WR ability. That’s a contract that needs to be restructured

  5. bigjohnny84 says:

    Bernie must have some real dirt on Frazier, there’s no other way to explain this. Bernie even admitted that he didnt do anything all offseason and will probably pull a hammie in training camp. Just to run the numbers $6,000,000 salary divided by 28 catches = $214,285.71 per catch. Helluva good deal for Bernie but a real sh tty deal for Vikes.

  6. 4eversteve says:

    They need to cut this bum loose, the fastest he will move all year is to the bank on pay day. The Vikings are sending the wrong message by keeping him around, all you have to do is act like you are hurt and collect your pay. I for one am tire of his welfare collecting butt, they should ship him and his fragile hamstrings out town. Oops, almost forgot about his alligator arms, when it is all said and done he might be the worst player the Vikings have ever had in their history. Bernard Berrian is IMO. is the softest player in the NFL today!

  7. sb says:

    It would be amazing if the vikes managed to get fitz next year. I didn’t realise he has a term in his contract that he can’t be franchised, so essentially if he isn’t resigned/extended he will be a free agent next year! There is no way they can keep Berrian, the guy has shown nothing to warrant his hefty contract. Get a tall target like flloyd who can at least win jump balls out wide and be a threat in the red zone.

  8. Alias Smith says:

    All I can say is, Bernard was averaging about 800 yards a season and was making plays until Favre came, and then the puzzlement. I really liked him before. He wasn’t like Williamson who was never good. Bernard has made major plays. He’s still one of the best options, but it is always a crapshoot with him and his hamstrings, as it was with Rice. I say, try it again, and as far as Moss,you always want him to succeed, but he’s always a pain in the ass. If he could realize it’s also his last best chance to play football, if he could pull it together with Mcnab, peterson, Toby, Percy, Bernard. Two tight end, could be rightous. I hope, and I’m sure they are considering it. It’s Moss’s best option. He probably isn’t going to New England with 85 signing there. I really don’t think Moss is any more of a risk than Rice, at fraction of the cost. I bet they do it. They should do it. Moss always has done it the hard way, and him, Mcnab, and the Vikings all have the Superbowl jinx to overcome. I like it. Let’s do it!!

  9. Vikadan11 says:

    It looks like the new offense is going to be more ball control this year than big plays outside of the RB busting lose for big gainers ~ I believe we will see the RB & TE making big impacts in what looks like a true WCO ~ Not that WR isn’t important ~ It could be the Vikings feel Harvin who has been working on his deep speed all ofseason maybe ready to step up and become the team #1 WR ~

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