Minnesota Vikings news: Team finalizing extension with GM Rick Spielman

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Rick Spielman
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Rick Spielman /

The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly close to a deal to extend their general manager.

Following up on their contract extension of head coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings are reported to be securing their general manager on with a multi-year contract extension to keep him with the purple and gold.

According to NFL Network and NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero, the team is focusing on keeping their current management intact according to sources close to the situation.

Here is the tweet from Pelissero announcing the finalization.

Rick Spielman joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 as the team’s vice president of player personnel and proved his worth to the team over the years. He stuck with the team until 2012 when the Wilf family promoted him to the general manager position.

Before the promotion, the Vikings operated in a group mindset, which sometimes resulted in a lack of a unified direction for the franchise. That all changed for Minnesota when Spielman officially became the GM in 2012.

In the eight seasons since his promotion, the Vikings have enjoyed a 72-54-2 regular-season record with four playoff appearances and two playoff wins. Spielman also seems to have a great working relationship with head coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer received a three-year extension earlier this offseason and odds are that Spielman’s deal could see him extended for a similar amount of time. If that is the case, it would allow the team to continue working toward achieving their vision for the team and the goal of a Super Bowl victory for the Vikings.

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The terms of Rick Spielman’s reported deal have not yet been reported. However, having continuity in the Minnesota Vikings front office and coaching step is a good way to keep the team focused and competitive for the immediate future.