Vikings sign wide receiver Bryan Walters; advance stadium plan 03 Apr 12

Minneapolis (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have been making plenty of moves this off-season. They’re just not the kind of transactions that bring much attention.

The Vikings added to their list of low-profile free agent additions on Monday by signing wide receiver Bryan Walters. He played in college at Cornell and spent the last two years with the San Diego Chargers. He appeared in four games last season.

With general manager Rick Spielman now in charge of the roster, the Vikings have been gradually filling holes at several positions. But their unwillingness to shell out big money for top-tier free agents has fit with the philosophy Spielman has espoused all along.

The draft is where the primary focus is, and that means fans will have to be patient with the rebuilding process.

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A bill to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is limping ahead at the state Capitol with time in the legislative session running short and amid lingering doubts over key financing elements.

The House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee advanced the bill Monday night on a divided voice vote. It has several more House and Senate committees to clear before it reaches Democratic Governor Mark Dayton.

The plan relies heavily on expanded gambling in bars and restaurants in the form of electronic pull tabs and bingo. A new wrinkle also would tap into sports-themed betting “tip boards” that, according to Dayton, could run afoul of federal law.

The $975 million cost of the stadium planned for Minneapolis would be split among the city, state and private sources.