After a series of delays, a tentative agreement has been reached by the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on a lease and development agreements for the team's new stadium on the Metrodome site.
The MSFA is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today and vote on the agreements in a meeting that will be held at the Metrodome. The lease agreement will bind the Vikings to the new stadium for 30 years – given the $477 million contribution the Wilfs have made to the construction on the stadium, it will be one of the easiest signatures to ever obtain. It is expected that the details of the lease agreement will be made public at that time.
The development agreement will define the duties of both the Vikings and MSFA during the construction process. A caveat concerning the details of a seat license fee is expected to be included in the documentation that will be voted on.
The agreements need to be in place for the Vikings to start providing their funding for the construction of the stadium.
The vote is expected to pass at today's meetings because the lawyers for both the Vikings and the MSFA have already hammered out the majority of the details and the passage of the final resolution is expected to be little more than a formality.
The Vikings wasted little time in getting rid of DeMarcus Love after his suspension ended Tuesday. In a short media release, the Vikings announced the roster move. It was learned during training camp that Love had been given a four-game suspension under the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. At the time, Love, who was battling for a roster spot, said it was a horrible mistake that he took a supplement that contained a banned substance. When the Vikings signed former Bear J'Marcus Webb when he was released by Chicago, it seemed as though Love's fate was sealed. The Vikings didn't add anyone to the 53-man roster or practice squad because the team got an exemption when Love's suspension kicked in the Monday before the start of the regular season. As such, the Vikings had no reason to release Love in case Webb didn't work out or an offensive tackle got injured. But the Vikings had to make a decision Tuesday and they did – bye, bye Love.
Former Viking Chris Kluwe had a tryout with the Chicago Bears this week. Kluwe signed with Oakland after being released by the Vikings, but was one of the final cutdowns. The Bears are Kluwe's first tryout with another team since his release.
The interesting part of Leslie Frazier's press conference Tuesday is how it is being interpreted. Some have reasoned from Frazier's words that he is backing Christian Ponder. Others have said he is keeping the option open to start Matt Cassel. Others say he is being vague. It's all in the interpretation of a man who didn't show his cards.
Two Vikings have been making some noise in NFL Siberia. Former Vikings Stephen Burton and Allen Reisner have hung on with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Burton has caught seven passes for 65 yards, while Reisner has caught five passes for 40 yards. Sadly for the Jags, those represent the fourth and fifth highest reception average for everyone on the Jags roster.
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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is expected to approve lease and development agreements for the Vikings' new stadium at a meeting today.
The stadium authority is expected to approve lease and development agreements today.