Vikings keeping Frazier
MINNEAPOLIS—After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, coach Leslie Frazier had a contract option picked up for 2014.
The Vikings announced they exercised the fourth-year option on his contract yesterday, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013 while also giving the team some flexibility going forward.
“We value his leadership and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Frazier was entering the final year of his deal, and talks of an extension started to become an issue publicly as the Vikings mounted a stunning December run to the playoffs.
Stuck at 6-6 and without injured receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings rode Adrian Peterson to four-straight victories, including a thriller over Green Bay in the regular-season finale to thrust them into the post-season.
They then lost to the Packers the following week in the wild-card round.
In deciding to exercise the option rather than extend Frazier’s deal out further, Vikings’ ownership could be looking to avoid what burned them with their previous coaching hire.
While Brett Favre was leading the Vikings to the top of the NFC North and a 12-4 record in 2009, Zygi and Mark Wilf gave Childress a contract extension through 2013.
That deal came back to bite them the next season when things went so poorly so quickly that they felt compelled to fire Childress 10 games into that deal—a decision they’re still paying for this year.