Frazier didn’t get a contract extension, after all


The Associated Press was wrong.

It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last.  For them, for us (Terry Bradshaw, anyone?), or for anyone else in the media business. But for an organization of the size and scope of the AP, a blunder like the one committed on Wednesday is glaring.

John Krawczynski of the Associated Press reported that the Vikings and coach Leslie Frazier agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension.  “Two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press the two sides came to the agreement this week, following a season in which Frazier led the Vikings to a surprising 10-6 record and a playoff berth,” Krawczynski wrote.  “Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced and terms were not immediately known.”

The terms that were known were erroneous.  There was no new deal.  Instead, the Vikings merely picked up an option on the fourth year of Frazier’s original contract.

The Vikings have now announced the move.  “Coach Frazier has done a remarkable job in building a strong foundation for the Minnesota Vikings and creating a very positive future,” Vikings president Mark Wilf said in a statement released by the team.  “We value his leadership and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Frazier previously was under contract for one more year.  He is now under contract for two more years.  Without scrutinizing Frazier’s contract, it’s impossible to know whether the window for extending the contract opened recently or whether it would be closing imminently.

Regardless, it’s not a multi-year extension.  It’s not an extension at all.  And it really doesn’t give Frazier any extra security.  Instead of being a lame duck in 2013, he’ll be a lame duck in 2014.

Barring the multi-year extension that Frazier didn’t get on Wednesday.

32 responses to “Frazier didn’t get a contract extension, after all

  1. wise and shrewd move by the Vikings, especially in light of the Childress situation i disagreed with.

    i am tired of the one-year results to multi year mega deal situations.

    Harvin….hope you can read these tea leaves

  2. Why tear-up a contract that has two years left on it? They picked up the option for 2014, giving Frazier and The Vikings another year to negotiate. Anyone here dim enough to think that Leslie Frazier is going to go into the 2014 season w/out an extension is probably waving a terrible towel or wearing foam cheese on their heads.

  3. @ connormacleod. Mike Vick did not get Andy Reid fired. And Reid got Andy Reid fired with his lack of clock managment skills, position neglect, failure to adjust or evolve to a change in gameplan, terrible talent evaluation, and hidious drafting.

  4. That’s more like it. It seemed they had potentially painted themselves into a corner again like with Childress. Not learning from a prior mistake. Now Frazier can coach another season without having the burden of a contract on his mind. Also Vikings learn from more mistakes you made like getting rid of Birk, Mckinnie and Moss who all played in the SB and resign Harvin to a decent contract.

  5. Leslie Frazier is a breath of fresh air as the head coach for the Vikings. The team has needed a coach like him for several years. He has to be one of the most non-egotistical coaches that walk the sidelines. He puts the players (say team), owners, and fans above his own interests. I have a lot of respect for him and you can tell the players do too. I hope the owners see that, too.

  6. Didn’t they balk on the draft a couple of years ago? Sounds like some doesn’t know what they are doing and can’t get the ducks in a row.

  7. Let me see. Division champs (Packers) 11-5, Chicago Bears 10-6, Detroit lions OUCH! and how did he save his job? Vikings 10-6 Wild Card, from 3-13 to splitting with the Packers and the Bears and taking two from the Lions and if I’m not mistaken were in the playoff’s last year, just the way he carries himself on and off the field he should of gotten the extension. Reminds me of Tony Dungy. I think they found their next coach for the decade.

  8. Anyone else find it funny Florio is making a joke about the AP being wrong because they wanted to get a story out too early!

    The pot is calling the kettle black here Florio!

  9. Remember when reporters used to fact check their articles before posting them. Now they throw them against the wall to see if they stick.

  10. If you can’t tell why having your salary recently guaranteed for an additional year beyond what it was, maybe you should go back to school.

  11. I guess management wants proof that this past season wasn’t just luck. I don’t blame them.

  12. Wait, this just in he did get a contract extension, wait, no he didn’t. Yes he did. Wait, that story was wrong, he didn’t get one. Hold on, yes he did. No, sorry, he didn’t. We just publish anything here at PFT without verifying it first. In other news, Terry Bradshaw died, oh sorry he’s still alive.

  13. This makes much more sense. Hopefully the Wilfs learned their lesson when they gave Childress an extension after one good season (thanks to Favre), only to have to fire him the next year. Let Frazier prove that 2012 wasn’t a fluke and he’s actually building something here, THEN give him a contract extension at the end of the ’13 season. If things fall apart, then they can cut ties and move on without the large buyout hanging over their heads.

  14. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Feb 14, 2013 8:26 AM
    Leslie Frazier has the worst W/L record in the NFC North during his tenure. Why should they give him a new contract?

    0 4
    Because he took a team with a 2nd year qb from 3-13 to 10-6

  15. Frazier is 13-20 overall in two full seasons. Last year they went 10-7 including playoffs. It was a nice turnaround and taking the extension now is a nice little reward for him.

    But to say he deserves a big contract extention after one horrific and one decent season is a bit over the top.

  16. contra74 says:Feb 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Feb 14, 2013 8:26 AM
    Leslie Frazier has the worst W/L record in the NFC North during his tenure. Why should they give him a new contract?

    0 4
    Because he took a team with a 2nd year qb from 3-13 to 10-6

    Also, Jim Schwartz has the worst W/L record in the NFC North. Somewhere along the lines of 36% whereas Leslie Frazier has 43%. What else ya got?

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