Mankato In, Moss Out

After some squabbling and threats from state power brokers, the Vikings announced a four-year deal with the City of Mankato to remain the training camp home of the Vikings.

As reported last week, the Vikings were expected to announce this week that they would remain in Mankato, Minn., for their training camp. Monday that announcement was made -- with a couple of conditions.

The question of the team training camp site came up when team officials stated the Vikings spend $500,000 a year to conduct training camp while other teams have revenue streams from their training camps. In stepped representatives from Sioux Falls, S.D., offering to pay the Vikings the $500,000 cost. After seriously considering the offer, state power brokers -- led by Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- warned the Vikings that their stadium legislation would be shot down if the team crossed state lines for training camp.

Under the four-year deal with Mankato, the city is expected to pay the half-million tab as well as promise improvements to the field the team uses at Minnesota State University, Mankato. If the city fails to meet the Vikings' conditions, the contract can be broken after this year.

This year will be the 40th season of Vikings training camp in Mankato.

* Randy Moss has opted out of the Pro Bowl for the third time, claiming a heel injury will prevent him from playing. Moss has declined invitations to the Pro Bowl in 2000 and 2002. He was not selected in 2001. This was his fifth selection to the Pro Bowl in five years.
* Ted Cottrell is expected to give Mike Tice an answer today on whether he'll accept the Vikings' job as defensive coordinator. He is rumored to be a candidate for a similar position with both the Chargers and Steelers, but is expected to let Tice know his decision as early as today -- if he hasn't already.

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