Vikings Finally Get Bates

Almost two weeks after signing D'Wayne Bates to an offer sheet and having Chicago match it, the Vikings got the wide receiver they wanted via a waiver claim.

The Vikings got the news they have been waiting to hear for almost two weeks. They finally got their man, D'Wayne Bates, signed as a No. 3 receiver.

Bates was signed to a three-year, $2.85 million offer sheet on March 27, but the Bears matched the offer just before the deadline on April 3. However, shortly after matching the offer, the Bears front office made it clear that they were looking to trade Bates or lower his cap number and avoid a $550,000 roster bonus due two days later.

A trade would have allowed Chicago to receive some sort of compensation for the restricted free agent despite a clerical error that hindered that compensation should they have not matched the Vikings' offer to him.

Bates, through his agent, made it clear that he wanted to play for the Vikings after their offer. But the Bears ignored his wishes and manipulated the system to keep the Vikings from having the only chance at him. When Bates refused to restructure the offer sheet the Bears matched last week, the Bears released him before they were required to pay his roster bonus.

Since, the Vikings have been waiting the allotted three business days for Bates to go through waivers before finding out today of their fate with the receiver.

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