No Owner Change Until May

For Vikings fans looking for a quick resolution to the ownership question, they can guess again. A decision won't be coming for more than two months.

When Reggie Fowler reached a purchase agreement with Red McCombs, it was thought that a decision on his bid would be reached at the March owners meetings in two weeks in Hawaii. Instead, VU has been told it will be two months at the earliest that a decision comes down.

Eight members of the executive committee, which will eventually make a recommendation to the full group of owners, met yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but following the meeting said a decision typically doesn't come down for 90 days, which would put the earliest potential sale date at the owners meetings May 20-23 in Maui.

Until then, look for business to continue to be brisk at Winter Park, as the Vikings continue to spend money to improve on both sides of the ball.

* The $10.8 million signing bonus for Fred Smoot will be spread over the next three years.
* If you can believe it, the Vikings opened up even more cap space Wednesday. Kenny Mixon, who was scheduled to make $3.8 million this year and $4.5 million in 2006, tore up his deal -- agreeing to stay this year for $750,000 and have the 2006 portion of his deal voided.
* VU has been told that, despite reports to the contrary, defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell doesn't expect to swith to a 3-4 defense -- which he has run for most of his NFL coaching career.

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