Vikings Lose Bates

The Vikings have confirmed that the Chicago Bears have matched Minnesota's offer to D'Wayne Bates.

The Bears will retain wide receiver D'Wayne Bates, but it could lead to other cap problems for Chicago, including the potential release of Marcus Robinson, their No. 1 receiver with a history of injury problems, come June 1. That move has been rumored for the past few weeks, but would appear to gain in credibility with the signing of Bates.

The Vikings made a three-year, $2.85 million offer to Bates last Wednesday.

With the Vikings' loss of Bates, besides Randy Moss, the Vikings' top wide receiver with any NFL experience remains Chris Walsh. Other receivers on the Vikings roster include Cedric James, who was drafted last year but spent the season on injured reserve, and Kenny Clark, a rookie free agent who spent last year on the practice squad.

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