It's unclear what forced Bryant McKinnie's release: His physical condition or his salary. My guess is that both forced coach Leslie Frazier's hand, and Frazier acted swiftly. The Vikings cut the former Pro Bowl left tackle Tuesday afternoon.
"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season," Frazier said in a prepared statement.
Frazier's comments would seem to support the idea that McKinnie's exit is addition by subtraction. McKinnie showed up in such poor shape that he was placed on the Non-Football Injury list and not allowed to practice. That didn't help his cause. Neither did his $4.9 million salary nor his reported failure to take a pay cut.
If you're a first-year coach putting together a club it's important the players understand who is in charge -- and it's you, not them. Maybe McKinnie didn't get the message. He has now.
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