Mike Zimmer expected to have contract talks with Vikings soon
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expects to have a talk soon with ownership about the status of his contract and the direction of the team going forward. He is under contract for one more season and has made it clear he would like to stay in Minnesota long term.
“I love these players and this organization,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
There have been rumors that have connected Zimmer to other jobs with him not reciprocating the same interest. After Jason Garrett was confirmed as not returning to the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, Zimmer was linked to the Cowboys’ coaching search, but he was not interested in the opportunity.
It’s unclear if management wants to keep Zimmer long-term. It’s worth noting, Kirk Cousins and general manager Rick Spielman both have contracts that are set to expire after the 2020 season, too. There is a chance the team could decide to let it all play out and wait to make a decision until after next season.
Mike Zimmer is expected to be back at least for next season and he made an interesting quote about the focus of the team going forward. He pointed out the NFL is becoming a young man’s team, which hints at some of the older players maybe being gone.
#Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on his roster: "At the end of the day it ends up being a young man's game.''
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 13, 2020
Veteran players like Xavier Rhodes and Everson Griffen could be gone, as the Vikings try to go younger. They are projected to be over the cap by $5 million heading into the 2020 season so the team has a lot of tough decisions they need to make. If Minnesota can make the right decisions, maybe they can make a deep run in the playoffs
The Vikings could be quite a different looking team after the upcoming offseason if they do intend to go young. Having a strong coaching presence with young talent is essential and Mike Zimmer would be able to further prove his abilities.