Vikings Sign Big Time Free Agent
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a six-year contract with free agent wide receiver Bernard Berrian Saturday, addressing the teams need for an upgrade at the receiver position, reported the Star Tribune.
Berrian, formerly of the Chicago Bears, signed a six-year deal worth $42 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money.
Berrian, 27, was the Viking's number one free agent target. The Vikings have already been busy this off season, signing both safety Madieu Williams and fullback Thomas Tapeh to long term deals. Tapeh played college football at the University of Minnesota. The Vikings came into the off season $37 million under the salary cap, and has showed a willingness to spend it.
Head Coach Brad Childress felt the need to upgrade his receiving corps this off season, sighting the positon as a weakness last season.
"We have the running game where we want, and you don't want to be one-dimensional in this league because (opposing defenses) can gang up on you, whether you're only passing it or running it, so this will help us average that out," Childress said. (Pioneer Press)
Last season with Chicago, Berrian led the team in catches (71), receiving yards (951) and receiving touchdowns (five). He views him self as the Vikings new number one receiver, according to the Pioneer Press, as does Childress.