Vikings Get Their Coordinator

The Vikings have a new defensive coordinator, and it's the only one they seriously pursued to this point.

The Vikings and Ted Cottrell have reach common ground. Cottrell will become the Vikings' fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Cottrell was fired by New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards after their season and was considered one of the hottest defensive minds on the open market this offseason. The Vikings made no secret they wanted Cottrell after George O'Leary accepted the head coaching position at the University of Central Florida, but the biggest stumbling block appeared to be the money Vikings coach Mike Tice could offer Cottrell. Another consideration for Cottrell was that Tice's contract could be terminated by owner Red McCombs after the 2004 season, but Cottrell is expected to sign a two-year contract that falls in line with the extensions of the other Vikings assistants.

After meeting with Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer over the weekend for the same position, Cottrell decided on the Vikings.

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