The Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer have agreed on a new multi-year contract that will keep him in Minnesota.
NFL coaches rarely go into the final year of their deal without an extension, something that perhaps lead to tension between Zimmer and the team.
Prior to last year's Wild Card game against New Orleans in January, there was so much speculation about Zimmer's future without a contract extension, that ownership put out a statement providing a vote of confidence for the coach. When the Vikings won the game, there was no extension however.
There were then reports that Zimmer wasn't happy about the situation, and having to coach during the last year of his deal with no guarantee on what his future would be.
Now, with a new deal in place, all of that is behind the Vikings as they look to the 2020 season. A season with enough questions already as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the sports world.
The hard-nosed coach is known for his defensive mind, leading the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals as defensive coordinator for many years before finally getting his shot as head coach with the Vikings. Coming off a playoff win, the Vikings are expected to compete for the NFC North again in 2020 despite losing some key players in free agency in the off season.