As of mid-morning Wednesday, according to a league source, the Minnesota Vikings and representatives for San Diego Chargers director of pro personnel Fran Foley were still in contract negotiations as the Vikings try to lure him as their new personnel director, a promotion that would include overseeing the college and pro scouting departments in Minnesota.
Foley was in Mobile, Ala., getting ready to attend the Senior Bowl but has not been spotted at practices as he keeps a low profile, presumably until a contract is reached.
Foley spent the past three seasons with the Chargers, where he was responsible for signing several successful lower profile free agents.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Foley was with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville in the Jaguars' scouting department. He spent four years as assistant director of pro personnel before taking over as director of pro personnel from 1998-2002. He was also the director and treasurer of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charity that netted more than $1,000,000 for pediatric leukemia patients and their families. Foley was also with Coughlin at Boston College, where he coached tight ends and kickers. He has also coached at Colgate, The Citadel and Rutgers.
He also played some semi-pro football as an offensive lineman.
If the Vikings and Foley can come to an agreement, the 12-year veteran of NFL scouting departments would be part of a three-man decision-making group that includes head coach Brad Childress and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski when it comes to personnel matters.
Foley Deal Not Done Yet
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