Vikings Ready to Sign Alexander?

VU has learned that the Vikings have WR Derrick Alexander on their radar scope and have already come close to a deal when he is released.

President Bush during his campain had a term that he loved using when it came to discussing figures Al Gore came up with -- calling it "fuzzy math." The implication was that things weren't as they seemed.

The same may be said for the Vikings and WR Derrick Alexander. The Vikings did a rarity when talking to a free agent -- having him take a physical when there was no chance of signing him...or so it would seem.

VU has been told by a source close to the situation that the physical was the first step in the process of signing Alexander, which is allowed under the rules of his contract. While Alexander is still under contract with Kansas City, he re-worked his deal earlier this year to help the Chiefs free up cap space. In return, he was given permission to talk to other teams and the promise that he would be cut June 1. That is what he is doing with the Vikings and, from what we've been told, the Vikings and Alexander's agent have effectively agreed on contract terms.

Where the fuzzy math comes in is that other teams can also pursue Alexander, who still can't do a "wink-and-ink" deal like Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did with Joe Smith that cost the T-Wolves several first-round draft picks. From what we were told, if the Vikings are concerned that a team will step in and make a huge offer to Alexander, the Vikings are contemplating making a trade to assure that they can get Alexander -- shipping off a low-round draft pick to get his rights.

While nothing will be official until June 1, it sounds very possible that the Vikings will have a Derrick Alexander on the offensive side of the ball to offset the one that played defense for the team during the '90s.

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