When the Vikings announced Mike Zimmer’s full coaching staff this morning, the list included special teams coach Mike Priefer.
But the Vikings might not be finished investigating, or deciding for sure that he’ll be back next year after he was accused of making homophobic comments by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the announcement does not necessarily mean Priefer is secure.
Priefer was already under contract for 2014, and the team could reevaluate his situation when the investigation is complete.
While every coach would like to have a staff in place by this time of year, this is an instance where the Vikings are being prudent while waiting. If there are legal proceedings ongoing, and they’re already obligated to pay him, it’s worth waiting to see if he has given them a reason not to.