We celebrate other former Bear’s wide outs who have suited up for the Purple in chronological order:
D’Wayne Bates (2001 – 2003) – A restricted Free Agent, the Vikings signed D’Wayne to a contract offer. The Bears matched and than later released him during training camp. Instead of taking that as a sign that he was very good, the Vikings claimed him off waivers. Traded Tampa Bay before the 2004 season.
Bobby Wade (2007 – 2008) – Signed in 2007 and had the best season of his career. In 2009, Wade agreed to a 50% pay cut to stay on the team. The Vikings thanked him for his generosity by releasing him 3 days later.
Marcus Robinson (2004 – 2006) – Led the Vikings in receiving during his 3 seasons in Minnesota. Brad Childress decided that was good enough and released him on Christmas Eve. Stay classy Brad Childress.
Bernard Berrian (2008 – Hopefully done soon) – Bamboozled the Vikings into a 6 year, $42 million contract with $16 million guaranteed. Berrian has yet to live up to the contract, and continues to tell everyone that he is open all the time and that the QB’s aren’t finding him. Was a healthy de-activation in week 5 of the current season for missing 2 team meetings.
Devin Aromashodu (2011 – Present) – Signed to a 1 year contract. His current claim to fame is that he is better than Bernard Berrian. He gets to look forward to the Vikings releasing him in a way that takes his dignity and respect.
Roy Williams, Johnny Knox, and Earl Bennett we look forward to seeing you in Purple.