Tice In, Others Wait

Mike Tice didn't stay fired long. VU has been told Tice will be announced this week as an assistant in Jacksonville with the same pay he had as head coach of the Vikings.

After being bypassed for head coaching duties, Mike Tice is going to find himself back in the NFL as early as today.

Tice will be announced as an assistant head coach of the Jaguars, joining former teammate Jack Del Rio on the Jags staff. His official title will be assistant head coach of the offense, but Tice's primary duty will be as offensive line coach. On Tuesday, the Jags fired offensive line coach Paul Boudreau to make room for Tice.

VU has been told that Tice will receive a two-year deal worth a reported $2 million -- the same salary he was paid in his final season as head coach of the Vikings.

Tice had contemplated sitting out this season after not being considered by most of the teams that were changing head coaches, but Del Rio and the Jaguars stepped up their efforts and convinced him to come out of retirement less than a month after it started.

In other Vikings coaching news, Ted Cottrell, who was thought to be a frontrunner for a couple of coordinator positions, is still without a position. The Buffalo Bills announced the hiring of Bears defensive backs coach Perry Fewell -- a position many thought Cottrell might get.

One Vikings assistant who may be back to work by week's end is special teams coach Rusty Tillman. He hasn't been offered a position yet, but he is viewed as the frontrunner for the Rams special teams coach, reuniting him with former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan -- who has brought several displaced Vikings assistants to his coaching staff with the Rams already.

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