Could losing Smith lead Vikes to up ante for Berrian?

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Wide receiver Bernard Berrian has not been the only player at the top of the Minnesota Vikings’ shopping list.

They were also hopeful to snag defensive end Justin Smith.

That goal was erased this morning when news broke that Smith has agreed to a contract with he San Francisco 49ers. He was supposed to fly to Minneapolis today, but never got off the ground — on an airplane anyway — as the Niners reeled him in with a six-year deal worth $45 million.

It will be interesting to see if this prompts the Vikings to increase their efforts to sign Berrian, who the Bears are working hard to retain. Obviously, Minnesota didn’t step up with an initial offer to his liking or he would have reached terms Friday.

Now, Berrian is expected to visit the Oakland Raiders starting some time this weekend, but a source said he doubted Berrian was interested in playing for Al Davis’ team.

The Vikings have already signed safety Madieu Williams and fullback Thomas Tapeh.

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