Minnesota Vikings: Cut Veteran Wide Receiver Bobby Wade, Sign Greg Lewis

Brandon Erickson@derkipstaCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

In a move many considered shocking, the Vikings released veteran wide receiver Bobby Wade despite reorganizing his contract last week, taking a $1.5 million cut to his contract for this year according to his agent, Jerome Stanley.

"You're defined by your behavior and what you do and not what you say," Stanley said. "I'll let you connect the dots." By the sounds of it, it was a bad falling out between the two parties.

Asked if he were referring to Vikings coach Brad Childress, Stanley said, "Wherever the decision came from. And we already know where it came from, so there it is."

The team will fill his spot by reuniting Vikings coach Childress with former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Greg Lewis, who agreed to a one-year contract today. Lewis, 29, is at Winter Park and expected to practice.

Undrafted in 2003 out of Illinois, Lewis endeared himself to Childress, then the Eagles' offensive coordinator, as well as other players and coaches with his work ethic and professionalism.

In six NFL seasons, Lewis has 23 starts, but he has 127 catches for 1,699 yards with seven touchdowns. During the offseason, the Eagles traded him to the New England Patriots for a seventh-round pick. But Lewis was one of the Patriots' last cuts, released to make room for rookie defensive back Bret Lockett.

Sidney Rice will most-likely take up Wade's role as the No. 3 receiver.


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