Report: Vikings ink head coach Mike Zimmer to a new contract

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The Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer have agreed on a new multi-year contract that will keep him in Minnesota.  

Zimmer's deal was reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. The 64-year old coach was heading into the final year of his contract. 

Mike Zimmer told me last summer he doesn't see any reason he can't coach until age 70. The contract extension he agreed to with the #Vikings gets him a step closer to doing it in Minnesota. @nflnetwork @NFLTotalAccess pic.twitter.com/IAuykStPaF

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2020

Zimmer is the 3rd winningest coach in Viking history behind Bud Grant and Denny Green, with a career record of 57-38-1.  The Vikings are coming off their third playoff appearance in Zimmer's six years, which included a win in New Orleans.  The Vikings then lost to San Francisco in the Divisional round. 

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.