The Vikings have cut OLT Bryant McKinnie, the team announced Tuesday. The former No. 7 overall pick tweeted, "It's been fun."
McKinnie, who started all 16 games last season, had been placed on the non-football injury list to start training camp. The team signed former Colts OLT Charlie Johnson on Monday.
"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season. We appreciate Bryant's contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future," head coach Leslie Frazier said.
McKinnie, a Pro Bowler in 2009, has started 131 career games. His base salary for 2011 was $4.9 million. He reportedly came into camp out of shape.
The way we see it
This is not a major shock considering the team pursued Jermon Bushrod in free agency and just signed Johnson as an emergency insurance policy. McKinnie clearly wasn't healthy, and though details are sketchy, he hasn't been on the best standing with the team.
The depth at tackle is seriously lacking; in addition to Johnson, the other true tackles on the roster include Phil Loadholt (who starts at right tackle but might have to switch to the left side now), rookie DeMarcus Love, Patriots castoff Thomas Welch and journeymen Patrick Brown and Scott Kooistra.
The Vikes could look to the open market for help, with veterans such as Shawn Andrews and Mark Tauscher available. They also could re-sign Ryan Cook, who has played right tackle and center.