Fowler Bid Losing Steam?

With all of the concerns expressed a month ago over the potential sale of the Vikings to Reggie Fowler, a month later many of the same problems still remain.

When Reggie Fowler detractors spoke up last month, much of the concern centered on whether Fowler could come up with the needed money to make the purchase of the Vikings and who his backup group consisted of.

More than a month later, the NFL is growing frustrated with Fowler's lack of progress on these key areas -- forcing some to speculate that his bid to purchase the Vikings may be close to falling apart.

Fowler has yet to sell the Colorado-based flight simulator company that he claimed would provide the money for his portion of the sale. In addition, the required NFL paperwork it needs to complete its due diligence hasn't been received.

All the big talk and bravado from several weeks ago seems to be fading quickly. In the meantime, Glen Taylor waits in the wings for his chance to make a move.

* Despite wild spending in free agency, the Vikings still have $9.4 million in available cap room. Only the Jaguars ($11.3 million) and the Cowboys ($9.7 million) have more.
* Vikings fans have a chance to get involved in the draft process. Tickets are on sale for the Vikings annual draft party at Winter Park. Last year, 3,800 fans showed up and cheered on the Vikings' new recruits. With two picks in the first round, it's likely ESPN will have a correspondent at the facility. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Vikings ticket office or by calling 612-33-VIKES.

* While the Vikings wait to make a decision on restricted free-agent safety Brian Russell, who signed a two-year, $1.5 million offer sheet with the Cleveland Browns, another former Vikings safety inked a deal Tuesday. Tyrone Carter, who played for the Vikings in 2000 and 2001, signed a two-year, $1.1 million deal with the Steelers. He was an unrestricted free agent.

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