Vikings Extend GM Rick Spielman

The Vikings have extended the contract of GM Rick Spielman, owner Mark Wilf says (Twitter link via Chad Graff of The Athletic). Spielman, like head coach Mike Zimmer, is now under contract through the 2020 season.

The Vikings have acquired and locked up much of their core under Spielman. Key players such as Danielle Hunter, quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook, wide receiver Adam Thielen, offensive tackle Riley Reiff, center Pat Elflein, linebacker Eric Kendricks, safety Harrison Smith, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and defensive end Everson Griffen are all under contract through 2020 and beyond.

Spielman, 56, spent six years as the team’s vice president of player personnel before being promoted to GM in 2012. Since then, the team has seen its fair share of ups and downs, including last year’s disappointing 8-7-1 finish. Still, the talent is there, and the Vikings have the potential to contend in 2019.

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5 comments on “Vikings Extend GM Rick Spielman

  1. TheTruth12

    Even with the extension gotta assume if the Vikings miss the playoffs again him and Zimmer are gonna be fired.

  2. nentwigs

    Now Vikes are positioned to can BOTH Zimmer and Spielman after 2020 when Cousins is let to drive his armored car full of money away after not delivering a Super Bowl for the Vikes and eating up the team;s salary cap flexibility for 3 years. Stay tuned, it will happen….

    • hinegm01

      Maybe so, but let’s be real, the Vikings weren’t winning a Super Bowl no matter what route they went at QB.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Haven’t heard much about the Vikings draft strategy but Spielman needs to earn an A+ grade there to improve his job security.

    • jessethegreat

      He just needs to use every pick on best offensive lineman available and let training camp sort out the starters.

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