Morning Dump - 5/10/11

This is how these things work. A politician announces that the Minnesota Vikings are “very, very close” to a deal for a suburban stadium, and another politician suddenly surfaces with a competing plan for downtown Minneapolis.

Philip Rivers made a rare public appearance Saturday and was compelled in a Q&A with the gathered crowd to do something he’s been loath to do in the past two months – speak directly about the lockout.

Steve Smith to San Diego: In case you missed it, the Chargers were so beaten up last season they wheeled out 74 players, tying a league record. No position was affected more than wide receiver, where there were nine with at least one catch and none with more than 37, and where there was not enough Vincent Jackson. The team’s star pass catcher, Jackson sat out most of the season in a contract dispute. Now he’s the team’s franchise player, which means he’s back for at least one season. But then what? Malcom Floyd is a potential free agent. So is Legedu Naanee. Buster Davis can’t stay healthy. I think you get the idea.

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