MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CBSMiami.com) – Former University of Miami tackle Bryant McKinnie has been released by the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McKinnie admitted last season that his weight ballooned up to 360 pounds during the season. McKinnie’s listed weight by the Vikings was 335 pounds. He opened camp on the non-football injury list for the Vikings.

The Vikings were due to pay McKinnie $4.9 in base salary in 2011, plus a $1 million roster bonus. McKinnie’s status became cloudy after the Vikings brought in former Indianapolis Colts left tackle Charley Johnson.

McKinnie had played his entire ten-year career with the Vikings after finishing his career at the University of Miami.

The Dolphins should take a hard look at adding McKinnie if he could play right tackle. The Fins could renegotiate right tackle Vernon Carey’s contract to bring in McKinnie, or just cut Carey in favor of McKinnie.

The Fins could also look at moving Carey to guard and having McKinnie man the right tackle position, thus shoring up two offensive line positions with quality veterans.


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