Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman looks on prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jags interview Rick Spielman for front-office job

The Jacksonville Jaguars met with longtime Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman in person Monday about a “high-level front office position,” NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The specific nature of the role is unclear. The Jaguars already have a general manager, Trent Baalke, and are in the process of hiring a head coach to replace Urban Meyer.

Spielman, 59, was fired at the end of the 2021 season. He had been with the Vikings since 2006 and had served as general manager since 2012.

Before joining Minnesota, Spielman worked with the Miami Dolphins from 2000-04, including as general manager in his final season. He was the Chicago Bears’ director of pro personnel from 2000-01.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer waves to the crowd after the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Vikings fire coach Mike Zimmer, GM Rick Spielman

The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Zimmer was the seventh-longest tenured coach in the NFL. He finishes with a record of 72-56-1 and a 2-3 playoff record after eight seasons. He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2017.

The Vikings finished 8-9 this season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the first time that’s happened in Zimmer’s tenure with the team.

The moves are expected to be officially announced later Monday.

Spielman has been with the Vikings since 2006 and as GM since 2012. He signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year deal worth a guaranteed $84 million in 2018. Cousins led the Vikings to one playoff appearance.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings GM: ‘Kirk Cousins is our quarterback’

Rick Spielman has not been living in a vacuum.

With the early NFL offseason buzz all about quarterbacks either changing teams or wanting a new home address, the Minnesota Vikings general manager insisted Wednesday that his franchise would not be one to hunt for a new signal-caller in 2021.

“Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Spielman said bluntly on a video call with reporters. “I know there’s a lot of rumors floating around out there, but Kirk Cousins is our quarterback. We felt that he played very well, probably the best that he’s ever played down that stretch last year.”

Cousins, 32, just finished his third season with the Vikings after signing a two-year, $66 million free-agent deal in 2019 after six seasons with Washington. He led Minnesota to the playoffs in his second season, going 10-5 as a starter while throwing for 3,603 yards with 26 touchdown passes and just six interceptions.

Cousins put up arguably better numbers in 2020, with 4,265 passing yards, a career-high 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But the Vikings went just 7-9 in their first losing season since 2014.

Despite the Vikings sporting the NFL’s fourth-rated offense last season, their highest NFL ranking since 2004, Cousins has endured plenty of criticism by those who believe he has not lived up to franchise quarterback money in Minnesota.

“Kirk is our quarterback going forward, and I look forward to him with another year in this system,” Spielman said. “I’m excited for him and what he’s going to bring to our team next year.”

Cousins carries a $31 million salary-cap figure next season, and his $35 million salary for 2022 will be fully guaranteed if he remains on the roster on March 19. That would increase his cap hit to the Vikings to $45 million in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manger Rick Spielman speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings, GM Spielman agree to multi-year extension

The Minnesota Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Monday.

ESPN reported that Spielman’s new deal is believed to run through the 2023 season. Should that be the case, he would be in line with head coach Mike Zimmer, who received a three-year contract extension last month.

“Rick has been outstanding in his role as Vikings general manager,” Vikings co-owner and team president Mark Wilf said in a statement. “We are excited and honored to have him continue to lead our efforts to build a championship roster and first-class organization. With Rick’s and Coach Zimmer’s leadership in place, we are in a great position to continue to compete for a Super Bowl.”

Spielman is heading into his 15th season in Minnesota and ninth as the team’s general manager. The Vikings have posted a 117-105-2 record since Spielman joined the organization in 2006.

Minnesota has won a pair of NFC North titles and secured a 57-38-1 record during the six seasons that Spielman and Zimmer have worked together.

The Vikings went 10-6 in 2019 and upset the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round before losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

–Field Level Media