Bryant McKinnie Cut By Vikings, According To Reports

Bryant McKinnie will not be a Viking in 2011, after nine seasons in Minnesota.

Bryant McKinnie has been cut by the Minnesota Vikings, according to reports. McKinnie was due $4.9 million in base salary as well as a $1 million roster bonus. The Vikings brought in Charley Johnson to take Mckinnie's spot on the roster, as well compete for the team's starting left tackle spot. 

McKinnie was a no-show to the start of training camp, despite rumors that he was busy slimming down in preparation for the upcoming season. Johnson's signing on Monday, Peyton Manning's former blindside, seemed to spell the end of McKinnie's career as a Viking.

McKinnie spent nine seasons in Minnesota, earning a starting spot his rookie year on his way to 131 total starts for the Vikings. He protected the blindsides of Daunte Culpepper and Brett Favre (and most recently Joe Webb) in that time, helping pave the way to some of the leagues best offenses. 

For more free agency news, head over to the SB Nation 2011 NFL Free Agency page. For more Vikings analysis, visit Daily Norseman.

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