"One of the things in Bryant's situation, although I've never mentioned why we parted ways, it just wasn't a good fit for what we're trying to do and where we're trying to go. As I mentioned, I want nothing but the best for him. But for us, what we're trying to do, the timing just wasn't right."
Frazier said he had an idea last Wednesday, when players were reporting to the team facility following the lockout, that there was a problem.
"It was just a matter of what we were trying to do to get ready for the season, it just wasn't going to work in a timely fashion for us to be able to do the things we wanted to do," Frazier said. "So organizationally, after much discussion, [we] decided this was what's best for our football team."
The Star Tribune reported that McKinnie weighed close to 400 pounds, but Frazier continued to say that he never addressed the reason why McKinnie was released.
He did say McKinnie's contract status – he was due to count $5.4 million against the $120.375 million salary cap – had nothing to do with it.
"Not at all. Left tackle, you don't just dispense of those guys for money reasons. Those are the guys you pay money to. No, money was not an issue," Frazier said.
He also said the decision had nothing to do with a first-year coach looking to put his mark on the team or trying to send a message to players.
"More than anything, I want to bring a championship to Minnesota. I've been around some championship organizations and teams and I feel like I have a feel for what it takes from a player's standpoint as well as a coach's standpoint to put that together," Frazier said. "That's what every decision is based on. Every decision. You look at our roster, who's here, who's not. Every decision is based purely on that – what's going to bring us a championship in Minnesota."
"It was our team's first chance of meeting them [this year], so we applaud our ownership. Those guys are writing the checks," Frazier said with a smile.
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