The Minnesota Vikings today sent longtime starting offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to the unemployment line, releasing the veteran after nine seasons with the team.
Apparently, the Vikings were very displeased when McKinnie showed up overweight and out of shape to training camp, and decided to simply cut ties with the big man.
So, now that McKinnie is out on the market, does anybody want him? Maybe the Bills?
There might not be real reason to connect McKinnie and the Bills, but as our friend Patrick Moran from Buffalo Sports Daily points out (with an assist from Joe Pinzone from Buffalo Wins), McKinnie’s agent Drew Rosenhaus has a very cordial relationship with the Bills. That’s not a real reason to speculate, but perhaps Rosenhaus could convince the Bills to take a chance on McKinnie.
McKinnie’s an interesting guy. He has been an absolute mainstay at tackle for the Vikings, never missing a game due to injury. And while he’s had a very good career, it’s impossible to think about McKinnie and not wonder how good he could be. His talent is so immense, and it just seems like he’s always fallen a bit short. I mean, the man was totally and completely dominant in college, but has never gotten to that level in the NFL.
The fact he couldn’t be bothered to stay in shape over the lockout is a pretty big red flag. He’s apparently has a rather active nightlife and a budding music career. Maybe he’s simply not that interested in football anymore, but would like to squeeze another big paycheck out of someone.
I don’t know. I’d say stay away. He might be an upgrade at tackle, but a young team doesn’t really need a guy who might not be the best influence.