The Minnesota Vikings released veteran wide receiver Bernard Berrian on Tuesday, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.
La Canfora tweeted the news this morning:
"Vikings have released WR Bernard Berrian, a move that was expected. He's been inactive lately and having some issues with the staff."
As La Canfora said in his tweet, the move wasn't a surprise from the Vikings. Berrian was inactive Sunday against the Packers, which marked the second time this season that Minnesota kept him off their 46-man game day roster. The other was in Week 5 against the Cardinals.
But now that Berrian is a free agent, are there any teams that would give him another opportunity?
He's no longer a No. 2 or even No. 3 receiver, and Berrian should pass through waivers without anyone claiming him. No one is going to pick up his salary for this season.
Once he passes through however, these teams could give Berrian a look:
Santana Moss is out 3-to-4 weeks with a broken hand, which stretches their receiving core thin. Berrian could fill in while Moss is healing, but there's not much use for him once the Redskins No. 1 receiver returns.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have faced injuries at the receiver position, although Braylon Edwards is expected back soon. Josh Morgan is out for the season. Berrian is from California and went to Fresno State, so the regional aspect fits the potential positional need.
There was talk that the Titans might be interested in Terrell Owens, but Berrian is less of a risk and comes without the fanfare. Berrian isn't exactly the physical-type that injured receiver Kenny Britt was, however.
Berrian started his career with the Bears and posted the finest season of his career in 2007 when he caught 71 passes for 951 yards and five touchdowns. That prompted the Vikings to overpay for him in the following offseason. Could there be a reunion for Berrian in Chicago, who is light on receivers?
New York Giants
The Giants are started to get healthy at receiver, but they haven't been shy about bringing in veterans at the position. The emergence of Victor Cruz likely eliminates the Giants from taking too hard of a look at Berrian.