Report: Vikings negotiating with Leslie Frazier
While Leslie Frazier said earlier in the week that no talks had taken place for him to become the next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, that appears to have changed. Quickly.
According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the sides were involved in “serious discussions” Friday night that could lead to Frazier having the interim tag removed and him being the permanent replacement for Brad Childress before Sunday’s season finale at Detroit. Per the report, Frazier could receive a three-year contract from owner Zygi Wilf.
The Vikings are 3-2 under Frazier, including a 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night when they were a two-touchdown underdog. Frazier has been dealing with tough times as the Vikings were forced to play two home games away from the Metrodome and injuries have rocked the roster.
“When this season is over I'd like to know what the future holds," Frazier said Friday afternoon, according to the report. "Be able to make plans of the future. The most important thing right now is the Detroit Lions. We're 48 hours away. Maybe it will be in Detroit. Maybe it will be on Sunday. Who knows? But that's the most important thing right now, and that part of it is going to take care of itself in due time."
The Vikings may be acting quickly knowing that Frazier could be coveted by one of the other teams seeking a new coach. He’s been a hot candidate before and Carolina, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco all need new head coaches. More openings could pop up. Stay tuned.
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