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Ex-Viking Bryant McKinnie

I WANTED Out of My Contract!

8/2/2011 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Minnesota Vikings officially released him moments ago -- but 335-pound left tackle Bryant McKinnie tells TMZ, it was his decision ... after the team sidelined him over health concerns.

McKinnie tells us, his agent put in word with the Vikings moments ago -- before they officially cut him loose -- asking honchos to release McKinnie... so he can sign with another team before the season starts.

McKinnie was placed on the reserve/non-injury list yesterday, after doctors said his cholesterol was too high and he had to lose weight -- but McKinnie tells us, "I'll definitely be ready for [this upcoming season]. That's not even a question."

The Vikings just released their own statement, claiming "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."

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16.

April    

God he's a dummy.

1142 days ago
17.

crystal    

Now who going to pay for his whores

1142 days ago
18.

Mr. Bate    

Perfect posterboy for the Heart Attack Grill. Did they find a replacement yet?

1141 days ago
19.

asstird    

I partially blame the NFL and all the stratagies aquired
over the years let me explain. In competetive football
presure is put on the defensive linemen and the tackles
to fattin up so you have more mass to push the other team
around. Unfortinatly this may lead to yet another lawsuit
like the concusion incident.

1141 days ago
20.

Soprano    

This is what happens when you hire Jamarcus Russell as your personal trainer.

1141 days ago
21.

Greyes    

Just a little clarification, 335 was his playing weight last year, according to various reports he is almost at 400 pounds right now

1141 days ago
22.

nitroboy    

Mr. McKinney,

Push your lard-ass self away from the buffet table (400 lbs). If you don't have the desire to train as a professional,you're gone!

1140 days ago
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