How come the Vikings haven’t extended Mike Zimmer yet?

(Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /
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When does this situation need to be resolved?

If the Vikings are planning to offer Mike Zimmer an extension, then it needs to be done soon. There is plenty of pressure surrounding other big decisions heading into the NFL Draft, so this needs to take priority in the immediate future.

Providing Minnesota has made their mind up that Zimmer is the guy to take them forward, then a new contract should be put in front of the head coach soon after the final college prospect has been drafted in a few weeks.

This would provide Zimmer with a level of comfort and confidence heading into team drills. It will also give the rest of the coaching staff some added security knowing the man who had faith enough to bring them in is sticking around long-term.

The consequences of not getting a deal done with Zimmer are huge. Time is something the Vikings do not have with this current group. If they were to bring in someone with fresh ideas, then the rumors surrounding a rebuild would be all-but-confirmed.

One hopes it will not come to this. Zimmer deserves the right to lead the Vikings for another two or three years and see what happens from there. The 63-year-old coach is not getting any younger and his next deal may very well be his last.

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Zimmer will also take into account his health problems when making a decision about his future. Timing is everything in the NFL and it is essential Minnesota gets this right and avoids further complications down the line.