Vikings extend Rick Spielman’s contract

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The Vikings have extended the contract of General Manager Rick Spielman through the 2020 season, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports.

The one-year extension through the 2020 season keeps him “synched up” with coach Mike Zimmer, Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf told Goessling.

The Vikings picked up the option on Zimmer’s contract last month, extending him through 2020.

It still remains a pivotal year for Spielman and Zimmer, per Goessling, with changes possible after the season if the Vikings don’t win.

Minnesota missed the postseason with an 8-7-1 record last season.

Spielman has served as the team’s General Manager for seven seasons after five as the vice president of player personnel.

32 responses to “Vikings extend Rick Spielman’s contract

  1. This Jet fan is sure happy that you won out on the Kirk cousins sweepstakes. Will Sam darnold win us a superbowl? Who knows . but one thing for certain our future seems bright not shackled to pay cousins over 30 million a year.

  2. What a mistake. I mean seriously what are they thinking? That guy should be shown the door NOT extended. Well whatever, the rest of the NFC North thanks you and that foolish contract given to Cousins.

  3. That means both Spielman and Zimmer are on the hot seat this year. If the team does well, they’ll each get a longer-term extension. If the team does poorly, they’ll both be gone. If the team is mediocre, I guess we’ll get another one-year extension next year.

    I believe they’re both above average at their jobs, with notable successes and mistakes. I hope they earn the right to stay because it’s not easy to find a highly competent coach and GM. Just ask the Packers.

  4. Marco D says:
    March 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    This Jet fan is sure happy that you won out on the Kirk cousins sweepstakes. Will Sam darnold win us a superbowl? Who knows . but one thing for certain our future seems bright not shackled to pay cousins over 30 million a year.
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    Your GM is the only one to offer him 30 million a year. Sam Darnold was the backup plan. That gives you confidence?

  5. I feel like a rare Vikings fan who is happy with the current power structure. I think Zimmer is a terrific coach, and the mood on Spielman seems to change based on the won/loss record. I get it, but I’ll take the consistency of the power players over an owner with an itchy trigger finger.

  6. If he can’t get the offensive issues figured out this year I think it’s time to move on. I still like Zimmer as a head coach, seems like the players want to stay here to play for him, and our defense is still a top 5.

  7. Not a big fan of the Cousins move, but Spielman has built very good teams. Vikings fans should be happy

  8. Yep, you can ask the Packers how hard it is to find a highly competent coach and GM.
    And they’ll point to trophies showing that they’ve come up with three different combinations that won World titles since the Vikings have been around, hunting for their first.

  9. And I thought the Wilfs were smart! I still like Zimmer, tho less than before but he is still a good coach. How can people say players want to stay? Didn’t you see the mass exodus of players this year? Just because a decent Linebacker decided not to move to a perennial 4-12 team!

  10. it’s not easy to find a highly competent coach and GM. Just ask the Packers.
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    Weird, I thought we had a Superbowl win and 8 straight playoff appearances with our (old) coach and gm, no? Must be imagining things.

  11. This guy has wasted 3 first round picks and a crazy $90M desperation FA heave on failed QB’s.

    He couldn’t find one in Miami. He couldn’t find one in MN. He is the mother of all incompetence.

  12. Weird, I thought we had a Super Bowl win and 8 straight playoff appearances with our old coach and (GM), no? Must be imagining things.
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    8 straight playoff appearances & just 1 SB win? Sounds like some choking in games going on, no wonder Rodgers got rid of them.

  13. I think Spielman is a pretty solid GM. A good GM is tough to come by. Zimmer is a pretty good coach as well. We got a good team. If we can get back to running the ball and playing good defense with Cousins slinging it…….we could be dangerous. We need to get a starter at O-Line in the draft. We need to get just one solid rookie starting O-Lineman, just one!!

  14. Every GM has missed on several first round picks. No point complaining about his drafting, he is at least as good as most. This team is largely built on the draft. Last years line fell apart too late to do so much, Easton’s neck, Elfein healing too slow, not to mention no line coach. Without that coach, the line regressed dramatically. But That close to the season no one is peddling starting caliber linemen. So I give him a buy on that too. But the standard can’t be coming real close. If we set the bar there, we will never win a Super Bowl. So I like syncing Zimmer and Speilman, but if they can’t get it done this year or next, then They are joining the long line of almost good enough coaches and GM’s Who never won the big one and it’s time to look elsewhere.

  15. It would be a major mistake to make a change at GM at this time. The Vikings have built a solid team with Spielman.Are they a perfect team, no but that goes for every other team as well. He deserved the contract extension. SKOL

  16. The problem with Spielman is that he sticks with his pics too long. I.e. Christian ponder. He was a bust anyone could see it after a year and a half was never going to make it. We wasted several years on Christian ponder. He never drafted a back up to contend. He should be fired for that alone. Most important position on the field and he can’t produce a starter. The problem with Spielman is that he sticks with his pics too long. Christian ponder. He was a bust anyone could see it after a year and a half was never going to make it. We wasted several years on Christian ponder. He never drafted a back up to contend. He should be fired for that alone. Most important position on the field and he can’t produce a starter. You can make mistakes at draft day but you can’t continue to make the mistakes of realizing your draft pick wont pan out. You need to Move on. I.e. Laquan Treadwell what a waste of a roster spot. Trying to save face cuz it was s first round pick.

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