Biggs: Deal heating up for Chilly?

A 6-0 start has its benefits and one of them it appears will be longterm stability for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Childress.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com reported that a new deal for the coach could come in the next two to three weeks. Childress is in the fourth year of a five-year contract and was essentially under a win-or-else mandate, something that fueled his pursuit of quarterback Brett Favre to the point that he called Favre and said it’s now or never after initially being rejected. Childress even drove to the airport to pick Favre up.

The Vikings are off to their first 6-0 start since 2003, and they have a 2 1/2-game lead in the NFC North as one of only two unbeatens in the conference. Childress’ agent Bob LaMonte attended Sunday’s win over Baltimore, and that fueled speculation a deal could be shaping up. But the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the visit had been in the works for weeks.

The bottom line is Childress and owner Zygi Wilf are on firm ground. Wilf likes Childress and this will get done at some point. Wilf wanted Childress to improve the product on the field, and clean up the team’s image off the field. He’s been successful at both.

Stay tuned.

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