The Vikings announced Wednesday, Feb. 13, they have picked up the 2014 option on coach Leslie Frazier's contract, rewarding Frazier for an impressive 2012 season without completely answering the question of his long-term future.
Bob LaMonte, Frazier's agent, said the Vikings never approached him about a multiyear extension, instead sending the agent and coach a notice earlier this month that they would pick up his option.
"There were no conversations about a long-term extension," LaMonte said. "Basically, that was their choice. They wanted to do that."
Frazier was set to enter the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2013, and the Vikings had said they wanted to keep Frazier after he led them to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth a year after they went 3-13. The improvement was the largest single-season jump in team history.
Most assumed the Vikings' commitment would come in the form of a multiyear contract extension, and though that still could happen, the move announced Wednesday only guarantees Frazier will be under contract for another two seasons.
It also could mean the Vikings will be in a similar situation a year from now, facing questions about Frazier's future before he again enters the final season of his contract, though the sides could work out a new deal at any time. The Vikings gave Brad Childress -- Frazier's predecessor and another LaMonte client -- a three-year contract extension in the middle of the 2009 season, only to fire him and make Frazier the interim coach in the middle of a tumultuous 2010 season.
Minnesota Vikings pick up Leslie Frazier's 2014 option
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 14