Vikings Interview Cottrell

Mike Tice met face to face with former Bills and Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell today and he is being tagged as the frontrunner for the vacant defensive coordinator position.

Ted Cottrell's next stop on his NFL journey may well be with the Vikings. VU has been told Cottrell met with the Vikings today and a job offer may be extended as early as tonight as the Vikings look to finalize their coaching staff for the early preparation stage of the 2004 season.

Cottrell has been a coach in the NFL for 20 years and has been a defensive coordinator since 1998 -- serving in the role with both the Bills and Jets.

He would bring a wealth of experience to the position, as well as several specialties. Before becoming a defensive coordinator, he was a position coach -- tutoring both linebackers and defensive linemen.

It is unclear if Cottrell has any other interviews lined up, but the Vikings are anxious to get the final piece of their coaching puzzle fitted in as soon as possible.

* One name taken off the Vikings list of defensive coordinator candidates was former Bills head coach Gregg Williams. He was named defensive coordinator of the Redskins this morning with the surprise return to the NFL of Joe Gibbs.
* Other names still being thrown out as coordinator possibilities are former Bears coach Dick Jauron and recently fired defensive coordinators Tim Lewis and Greg Blache.
* The Vikings announced Tuesday that all of their assistant coaches were given contract extensions through the 2005 season -- adding to the speculation that Mike Tice's contract isn't up after next season. The media discussion of Tice's contract has always used the language that it is a three-year deal. But, in statements made by Red McCombs and Tuesday's announcement of extending assistant coaches is a clear indication that there is a fourth-year option on the contract -- which VU has been told is worth $1 million -- that can be exercised by McCombs at the end of the 2004 season. Tice is scheduled to make $750,000 this year.
* Denny Green continues to be a hot topic of discussion. Not only is he being viewed as the top contender for the Raiders coaching job, a VU source with the Cardinals told us Tuesday he has already been offered the vacant head coach job there -- putting him in the negotiating driver's seat with both teams.

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