Bryant McKinnie Cut by Vikings for Being Overweight, Out of Shape

Bryant McKinnie’s disappointing tenure with the Minnesota Vikings came to an end Tuesday when the team cut him for showing up to camp fat and out of shape. It’s a fitting end for McKinnie who you may recall:

- Held out and missed half a season his rookie year
- Was one of the partiers on the Love Boat
- Was suspended four games in ’08 for violating the personal conduct policy
- Got kicked off the Pro Bowl team in ’09 for missing practices

McKinnie is a notorious party animal as anyone who follows his twitter account can tell you. The 6’8″ monster reportedly showed up to camp weighing well over 350 pounds.

He and his agent ran to TMZ to try and get their side of the story out. They claim they asked for a released so other teams could pick him up next season. Right, I’m sure McKinnie wanted to be released because he didn’t want the $4.9 million he was set to make this season. Wow, if he tried as hard on the field as he did with his excuse making, he wouldn’t be suffering through this embarrassment.

Rex Ryan’s New Tattoo Means ‘Believe in Yourself’

The world was introduced to Rex Ryan’s new leg tattoo Monday. Sexy Rexy says he got it done while on a trip to Hawaii last month. Tuesday he explained the meaning behind his tattoo in a short video clip posted on the Jets’ Facebook page.

Ryan proudly stated “My new tattoo means ‘believe in yourself’ which I have no problem doing.”

”You see,” Ryan said, pointing down to his leg, ”you’ve got the mountains, you’ve got the waves and the shark tooth down there. You’ve got it all working.”

Ryan says he’s received positives feedback from his players regarding the tattoo. They’ve told him it’s pretty cool, and he’s agreed.

That’s where Rex is wrong.

The players aren’t saying that the actual tattoo is cool, they’re saying that the idea of their head coach getting a wild tattoo like that is cool. The design itself sucks. And if you think it’s cool, then we can’t be friends.

Nate Robinson Tweets with Pete Carroll About Trying Out for Seahawks

Earlier in July Nate Robinson talked about trying to play football during the NBA lockout. Robinson played football in college at Washington before switching exclusively to basketball, so he has talent. Turns out he may be serious about the venture.

Robinson tweeted at Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday to ask for a tryout and Carroll played along.

Carroll responded to Robinson’s request for a tryout saying “I always knew you had skills, that’s why we tried to get you before… you still got em?”

Robinson replied “Yes coach I do.”

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Asante Samuel: If the Eagles Are Tired of Me Making Big Plays, They Can Trade Me

When Asante Samuel first established himself as a shutdown corner for the New England Patriots, it was no secret he was in line for a big pay day.  Unsurprisingly, the sack of money was never going to come from the Pats.  Since Bill Belichick took over, spending big bucks on cornerbacks has never been an option for New England.  When Samuel’s deal was expiring, many thought the Patriots were being unfair for not paying him.  Others were content with letting the egotistical 27-year-old — and his “Get Paid” tattoo — find a new home.  The way things are headed, Asante could be looking for a third home in the near future.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Eagles Blog, Samuel seems a little put off by the Eagles going out and getting two top-notch corners in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

“I want to be where I’m wanted,” Samuel said. “If I’m wanted here, If I’m not appreciated here life goes on. I move on.”

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Brandon Lloyd Feels for Kyle Orton, Says ‘The Tebow Thing’ Needs to be Sorted Out

The Denver Broncos drafted Tim Tebow with one thing in mind: he would be their quarterback of the future. You don’t draft a player in the first round to use him strictly in special situations.  Tebow is no different.  When the Broncos traded for Kyle Orton, they were looking for some stability at quarterback.  They seemed to have found it for a while, but now whether Orton will be traded has turned into one of the mysteries of the offseason.

Only six weeks away from the start of the regular season, Brandon Lloyd and other Broncos veterans have grown tired of the uncertainty.  Lloyd spoke with Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated on Monday and gave us a glimpse into the frustration Denver players are facing as a result of not knowing who their quarterback will be.

“It’s the Tebow Thing,” Lloyd said. “They’ll put Kyle on the trading block because they don’t want to deal with the Tebow Thing. But it’s not going to end until [Tebow] plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other …

“I spent the entire offseason preparing myself for Tim being the quarterback, because the organization put Kyle on the trading block at the end of the year,” he continued. “I spent the offseason asking myself, ‘What pass plays are we going to be running? Are we going to be running sprint plays? Throwing from outside the pocket?’

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Jermichael Finley Catches Two Passes at Once (Video)

Jermichael Finley killed fantasy owners last season.  Finley was one of “those” tight ends heading into the season.  You know, the one who exploded onto the scene at the end of the previous year and everyone knew they wanted him early but had to decide how early was too early?  Many projected Finley to be the top fantasy tight end and it was no secret that he had become Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target.  Then in week 5, Jermichael suffered a knee injury that cost him the rest of the year.

Finley is a player to keep an eye on headed into the upcoming season as he looks to bounce back and regain his pre-injury form.  If the two-pass at once drill in training camp is any indication, the Packers tight end is determined to get back on track in 2011.  Check out this video of Jermichael Finley catching two passes at once, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:

(Watch the video at NFL.com)

I’m sure it’s been done before, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.  As for fantasy, expect Finley to reemerge as a top-3 tight end option this season as Rodgers will likely be better than ever.

Rob Ryan Says Cowboys Will ‘Beat the Ass’ of Hyped-Up Eagles

The Eagles have grabbed everyone’s attention by signing several notable players in free agency. Vince Young termed his new squad a “Dream Team.” Newcomer Jason Babin agreed, saying Philly was like the the Miami Heat of the NFL. We advised Philly that it wasn’t wise to make themselves a target, but it’s too late. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has already taken aim at them.

“[The Cowboys have] proven players, and that’s what we need,” Ryan said Monday according to the Star-Telegram. “I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”

That’s exactly what Philly gets. They wasted no time putting a target on their back and now they’ll have the entire NFL gunning for them. That’s not how you win a Super Bowl. The Miami Heat came close in the NBA but they lost. I imagine the Eagles will have the same fate, even if it isn’t the Cowboys that beat them.

Just like that, Rob Ryan has managed to become similar to his twin brother Rex.