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Berrian receives $16 million signing bonus

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More information is trickling in on the Bernard Berrian deal.

Berrian will receive a $16 million signing bonus.

The way the contract stacks up, Berrian will be the fourth-highest paid receiver in the league.

Berrian had a career-high with 951 yards last season.

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Are they out of their minds? Paying him Randy Moss type dollars will not make him any better than what he is.

Let me see if I got this straight. Bernie is going to get 16 million to drop passes in the Metrodome in Minnesota for the next
xxx number of years, refuse to catch passes over the middle, regardless of the distance from the scrimmage line and then look back at the QB and give the impression that it was their fault? It will be great to see other QB's being held responsible for his incompetentance. I say good riddance to him.
Just make sure that the next set of receivers get the coaching they need to move on from the college level. I'm tired of watching balls dropped by so called "professional" receivers.

GOODBYE B2! Hope you like the food.

I honestly wonder if he'll start committing the same acts as Moss did in Oakland when he didn't get his way (deliberately dropping the ball and running the wrong routs) when he wants another raise in about oh I'd say a year. As evil as it sounds: I hope the Vikings understand the bullet in the foot they shot themselves with. Go BEARS!!!

BB is terrible. Good thing he's gone, he can go ruin the Vike and the best part is that we didn't have to pay him to go mess them up. With BB,they should keep record of INTs caused by the receiver by running wrong routes and just giving up on plays... "Fight for the ball? That's for folks who need to earn roster spots" I hope we crush him next year and bend his frail frame in half - head case...

What a surprise Berrian's not with you any more so know he sucks? You Bears fans are the biggest morons in the NFL.If he had resigned with you he would be the greatest thing ever. I guess you'll see how good he is when we beat you twice next year too.

It pains me to see Bernard go to a division rival. I believe he will be a number 1 receiver in this league. Did the Vikings overpay? Absolutely, however now the Bears have lost their two starting WR of the past two seasons and are left scrambaling for replacements. Jerry Angelo is going to be in hot water I believe if the Bears don`t improve offensively this year and right now, they look putrid on offence.

16 million signing bonus???? good for BB to be gettin that kind of cheddar... but he aint worth that much...sorry to see him go..but kudos to the bears for sticking to their original offer and not getting caught up in the frenzy. the guys never caught for 1000 yards and drops one in 6 passes.

HAH!

Good maybe now that Berrian is gone maybe they can use the money that would have been wasted on aquiring M Turner or keeping Briggs. Berrian is an average receiver good at running the deep route who doesnt block or run routes inside. Plenty of those in the draft that can be had for 10% the price. Berrian is ok, but not nearly worth that ridiculous amount of money.

I'm getting tired of the way the Bears do things,they have the money to pay these guys.Now since we let Berrian go,there should be no problem giving a little bit more money to Lance Briggs,hes definetely worth it.But im sure the Bears wont budge.Were supposed to be built around this defense and hes a really big part of it.

I'm glad he found someone stupid enough to pay him that kind of money, I was hoping the Bears wouldn't waste that kind of money. Now the players like Haas who by the way set NCAA records for recieving, Brandon Rideau 6'3" 215 and Mark Bradley who did catch some slants. Devin Hester can play long ball. Will have a chance, it's a shame players have to leave like this to force Lacluster Lovie to look at other possibilities. Now we have more money to repair the holes on the OL and keep Briggs. Oh happy day Berrian has went away, when he drops some drive killing passes in Min. then I will be LOL. Vikings just got gored with their own mascots helmet.

You vike fans will have to find out for yourselves. I aggree with Nitro & Sasho. Berrian is not a team player because he does not fight for the ball if it is up for grabs. There is also the occasional mental lapse of Berrian running the correct route. Bye bye may not realize Berrian's had these shortcomings prior to him signing with them.

Vikes overpaid, by alot. But it still sucks to loose Berrian, especially to a team within the division. He was our most productive reciever over the last two years and I liked him as a bear. That being said, I would have gone crazy if the bears paid what the vikings did. He'll be good, maybe a number one. But he'll never be one of the top 10 in the league. That contract is crazy. Berrian is 6'1 (average) he ran a 4.58 40 yard dash (average to below average) he was never had a 1,000 yard season, he never had a 75 reception season, he was never great over the middle. He was a pretty decent deep threat but not worth top reciever pay.

people that say that we re in for a long season that we re going to have a great season but no offense and we re in for a 7-9 season, OK, remember 2005????

NO QB, literaly NO QB, krenzel, who the hell is krenzel, i mean, we still have the best player (weapon) in the NFL in #23, calm down, i predict a 10-6 season. we still have the best DT and linebacker in the game, whatever people say tommie harris is the best when healthy and urlacher too, so hes 30 , so what, we can talk retirment or not playmaking ability in 5 years, the problem this year with him was that we didnt have good play from the DTs and a lot of injuries, we have very good DEs, and we have great corners

I am on angelos side of not spending right now, PEOPLE, there are not very good FA options, just Briggs, we want to rebuild the OL not give 21 million guaranteed to a 31 or 32 yr old guard. he is a guard, probably the easiest position to play in football because they get help from the center, we should spend those millions in briggs and a Left tackle, oh guess what?? there are no good LT available, so i say keep the money and spend it in a player thats worth it

He's not even close to being the fourth best receiver in the league. I hate to see him go. Now we have to find that vertical threat again, but I wouldn't have paid him that much either.

Duuhh Bears!

Screw "Berrian-news." News has it that Moss may not stay with the Patriots. Favre wants him which would be bad. Do it Angelo, get Moss and make us all berry, berry happy.

Phil, he does suck in that he's very limited in what he could do. Good luck missing the playoffs this year yet again.

We will miss Berrian,but with Hester we still have someone to stretch the field,and i think Mark Bradley, although not proven,will be a good wide receiver.If we can find a decent speed guy in the draft, with the tight ends we have, we'll be fine.No matter what though, we do need to get some kind of a running game before anything.

Berrian is a solid deep threat, and not much more. The Vikings traded away Troy Williamson, who was the same with even more drops, and just shelled out $16 million up front for a guy who has never even sniffed the top 20 WR level in the NFL. 4th highest paid? Let me see who I qould consider better than berrian:

Plaxico Burress, who takes plays off
Randy Moss, who plays when he wants to
Terrell Owens, who plays hard, but talks a lot more
Steve Smith, who at 5-10 makes more plays over the middle and fights harder for the ball than Berrian
Lee Evans, who doesn't drop nearly as many, and gets open despite double coverage all the time
Bobby Engram--manages to get open all the time without great speed
Isaac Bruce--can actually make a cut and separate from defenders
Torry Holt--when healthy, can get open on anyone
Jerrico Cotchery--solid WR with better skill set than BB
Wes Welker--another guy who just knows how to get open
Hines Ward--can do it all, including block downfield
Braylon Edwards--surprised me, as I thought he would be a bust, and he is a Pro Bowl caliber WR
Andre Johnson--what a #1 WR is supposed to be like
Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne--not many better than these two
Chad Johnson/TJ Houshmanzadeh--both outstanding receivers

And the list goes on and on of guys who would be better for a team than Berrian. Good for him to get the money, but this deal will never make it to 6 years. The Vikings have Aundrae Allison as a deep receiver to complement Rice already. Bryant Johnson or DJ Hackett would have been better targets for them. Maybe it was worth it to them to take him from the Bears, but time will tell.

Anyone else believe with the other available WR's out in FA the reason the Vikings focused on BB was more personal than professional? Personally I beleive he would have remained a good asset to us, but maybe I'm simply being overly optimistic here, this might be a blessing in disguise, because if we're smart, Lord willing, we'll now use the loot we saved on Briggs. And quite possibly get one of the FA WR's. We Bears fans can sit here and complain until our faces are as purple as BB's new jersey, but in reality, we should be more optimistic and look to the future. Also if we need any relief you should look on the Chicago Bears.com web site for an interesting article on how "big splashes in FA usually turn out to be huge soaks."

I'm happy to see that the Vikings overpaid for Bernard Berrian. I mean top 5 money give me a break, the guy never even had a 1000 yd season or double digit tds. But I've said before that with a legit complementary receiver like Sidney Rice you know the player the Bears should have took in the second round last April, and a good running game, Berrian can be pretty good and he will. And every one will be giving Angelo and the Bears heat for letting Berrian go. Angelo can fix this situation by signing Bryant Johnson of Arizona, fixing that running game, and o-line. Also hopefully either Grossman or Orton can give us stability at QB. But hey Bears nation this is a tall order for a GM that has totally neglected the offense during his stay here in Chicago, but Angelo did this to himself because the fact of the matter is you got to be able to score in this league not just stop teams from scoreing. I'm just hopeing Angelo can make things right oh well GO BEARS!!

let me get this straight, our offense sucked last year, we have rex at qb, no running back, and average wideouts. so we resign our horrible qb, keep benson, and lose our starting wideouts. yep smith and angelo are right, we are real close to the superbowl. i agree you dont pay berrian the money the vikes gave him, but to give rex another year, not go after faneca or turner, makes no sense, lets get real far under the salary cap and do nothing. i'm throwing a party when smith and angelo get fired and your all invited

You can say what you want, but in every breath you hear the Bears speak of wanting a reciever that can stretch the field, well, we just let go of our best field stretcher since Willie Gault!! I hope I don`t hear anymore more "stretching" the field after today, that is unless Mr. Angelo is in talks with Randy Moss. If we don`t sign any free agents on the offensive side of the ball, then we are NOT re-loading to contend for the division, but we ARE RE-BUILDING, and we may as well get rid of everyone making over 4 million a year, including #54.

I don't think Berrian was an all pro receiver and I do think the Vikings overpaid, but I don't see why bears fans are so happy about this. This just adds another hole to an offense that was already bad. Mark Bradley, who's been injured several times, caught a total of 6 passes last year and barely got any playing time is now our number 1 receiver.

I know devin is a great weapon and when healthy our d is great, but we can't keep expecting them to shoulder the load and cover up for an offense that is unable to consistenly score points.

I was a big fan of Berrian, but that money could be spent on more important things. Does anyone NOT think that DJ Hackett or Bryant Johnson could actually be upgrades over Berrian. And as stated already...lets remember Bradley was the starter OVER Berrian when healthy. Won't matter if we have Moss and T.O. on the outside if the OL and running game aren't addressed. We should spend the money on Briggs, OL (draft and 2nd tier FA) and Running back (Draft). I'm thinking best OT in the first round and running back second (Ray Rice). WR is a luxury.

So I read alot of "leaves Bears with more holes" or "bad offense just got worse" well, how do you improve a bad offense. CHANGE IT! Who cares that we lost both starting WRs, we needed to. In will come a FA wideout and that with Hester, Bradley will be improvement over Moose and Berrian. Plus, we risigned Briggs for less than Berrian. Unbelievable! I'd hate to be a Viking fan.

Congrats to Bernard on adding to his bank account. Who says you can't rob a bank without a gun. He now goes down as an example of another player who used the market to get what he clearly was not worth. Don't get me wrong but he either runs the wrong/shortened route or gets alligator arms when you try to send him across the middle, he does not block like someone who enjoys the game (as a WR, I think you would enjoy the chance to tee off on some DB on a running play to your side of the field), and does not know how to fight for the ball when a defender contest for position as the pass arrives. Thank you Vikes for overpaying now perhaps we can take advantage of Bernard a couple of times a year when we play you guys. Now it's past time for Jerry Angelo to go out and sign some of the type of players we need to improve on last season.

Actually John, D.J. Hackett would be an improvement over Berrian because he will actually run a decent route, go after a pass and then hold onto the ball. Berrian showed his worth last season by dropping all those passes during the first half of the season when it mattered. I guess he was too busy interviewing new agents when he should have been focused on football. He was a buster. . . I'm glad he's gone. I look forward to seeing him drop passes against Chicago next season.

B.B. and Rex hooked up on some nice bombs last few seasons, but B.B. also droppped his share (Dallas game off the pads, sure T.D.), took lots of plays off, ran wrong routes, never fights for a ball, and is seldom seen over the middle. All that for $16M, Vikes are spending crazy. Plus he might be paired up again with sure handed Bobby Wade. To my eyes, the W.R. who got away was Justin Gage. Sure hope Bradley and Hester make us forget about bombs away to B.B.

I'd rather have Briggs than B.B., good job Bears.

I don't understand why the Bears didn't "franchise" him. They get him for one more year for about what he is worth. In the meantime, they could've drafted wideouts with some of the the middle round picks to see if one can play. -Having said that, if the Bears can come up with an offensive standout in free agency, there is some cap room for it. Time will tell on this. On the surface, it seems to create a problem for the Bears.

So far...........the Bears have done NOTHING 2 improve this sorry A** team. They let their number receiver just walk. They resigned the lowest rated QB in the NFL. They have signed exactly ZERO free agents. Welcome 2 LAST place. Again.

Everyone on this blog is dead-on: Free agents are often overpaid and underproduce. I'm a Packer fan, and GM Ted Thompson has built the team witnout one single offensive free agent. We drafted James Jones last year, Greg Jennings the year before (both receivers scored more TD's than Donald Driver). All 3 are better than Berrian. That's D-R-A-F-T. We traded receiver Javon Walker to Denver 2 years ago for a 2nd round pick and got...Greg Jennings. Ted Thompson franchised backup DT Williams, then traded him to the Browns today for another 2nd round pick. He traded a 6th round pick in this year's draft for RB Ryan Grant. The Packers have 4 RB's who have started: Noah Herron and DeShawn Wynn will be back from IR along with Vernand Morency and Brandon Jackson. The point is, what is Angelo doing besides re-signing Briggs? How will that make them better next year? Why don't the Bears go after one of the Packers RB's? Why don't they sign Carlyle Holiday, the WR the Packers released? Did the Bears really re-sign Grossman? Geez, just get a lot of picks (the Pack has had 10-12 in '06 and '07) and build through the draft. By the way, who's going to throw to Berrian?

Am I the only one who remembers him pulling up on that block in the end zone against the Eagles this year? Good bye and good riddance to Berrien!

I will say his catch for the tie against the Broncos this year was one of the best I have seen in 26 seasons at games.

Vikings need a qb before bernard makes an impact

Bears would have been smart to put the franchise tag on berrien, but glad lance is signed! I hope Devin is our #1 WR in 2008 season. Go Bears!!

Some of you bears fans are killing me!!! Everybody wants Angelo to get fired; and for what? He didn't pony up to get Alan Faneca or Micheal Turner? He re-signed Lance Briggs cut him some slack. Everyone is in an uproar because he sign Grossman to a one year deal. When the bears went to the Super Bowl, everyone was praising Angelo for an oustanding job; my, how everything has changed. Might I remind you that the reason why we were 7-9 is because are O-line and RB play stunk. And that predicated to Grossman's ineffective play. Now if Grossman had an O-line like that Patriots before the Super Bowl, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Berrian is an OK receiver but not the amount the Vikings shelled out. He's just another Troy Williamson with a little more production. Angelo did what was best for the team; losing Berrian is unfortunate but we do have other receivers (Bradley, Hester, Haas, etc) who can and will step in. Let's not get bent all out of shape. The defense is in tact and I'm pretty sure that Angelo will do what he says he's going to do in the draft.

Oh yeah!!! Phil I haven't forgot about you. When you see what we saw in Berrian last year (the dropped passes, not blocking for RB, not going over the middle, and alligator armms) I want to here from you again and complain about how Berrian is not living up to the money that the Vikings paid him. And we'll see who's the moron.

Elston Lacy

Some of you bears fans are killing me!!! Everybody wants Angelo to get fired; and for what? He didn't pony up to get Alan Faneca or Micheal Turner? He re-signed Lance Briggs cut him some slack. Everyone is in an uproar because he sign Grossman to a one year deal. When the bears went to the Super Bowl, everyone was praising Angelo for an oustanding job; my, how everything has changed. Might I remind you that the reason why we were 7-9 is because are O-line and RB play stunk. And that predicated to Grossman's ineffective play. Now if Grossman had an O-line like that Patriots before the Super Bowl, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Berrian is an OK receiver but not the amount the Vikings shelled out. He's just another Troy Williamson with a little more production. Angelo did what was best for the team; losing Berrian is unfortunate but we do have other receivers (Bradley, Hester, Haas, etc) who can and will step in. Let's not get bent all out of shape. The defense is in tact and I'm pretty sure that Angelo will do what he says he's going to do in the draft.

Oh yeah!!! Phil I haven't forgot about you. When you see what we saw in Berrian last year (the dropped passes, not blocking for RB, not going over the middle, and alligator armms) I want to here from you again and complain about how Berrian is not living up to the money that the Vikings paid him. And we'll see who's the moron.

To any pig headed Bear fan.. Berrian IS worth the money. He makes teams have to constantly double cover him because of his threat of the deep ball. This not only makes for big play oportunities, it makes defenses spread out and it stops making them be able to stack the box with 8, a problem that the Vikings running offense faced probably about 50%-60% of snaps last year. Even though he 'drops balls' and 'doesn't fight for the ball' and 'running wrong routes' - you have to keep in mind that he is still very very young. Route running and how well you know the offense improves with age, everyone knows that. He still isn't in the prime of his career, and he will get better hands. The Vikings got the best reciever in this offseason's free agency, and one of the best recievers in the league. The contract is somewhat lucrative, but when he has 1200 receiving yards with 10+ td's this season ya'll won't be talkin crap

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