With the new era of Vikings football underway with the first practices for the rookies taken in last month's draft, the team announced that one of its longest tenured employees will remain with the team.
Director of college scouting Scott Studwell agreed to a three-year contract extension Saturday. Studwell, whose contract was set to expire at the end of this month, has been with the Vikings for 30 years -- spending 1977-90 as a player and from 1991 on as a member of the front office.
In a statement Saturday, owner Zygi Wilf said retaining Studwell was a priority for the team.
"Scott is a very valuable member of the Vikings organization," Wilf said. "Scott is an extremely good talent evaluator and we are pleased to have him remain with the storied Vikings franchise."
It has been rumored that Studwell would take over the missing point in the team's Triangle of Authority. He was initially bypassed for the general manager position that was given to Fran Foley -- who was fired shortly after the draft last month.
While no official discussion of Studwell's role was part of the announcement of his contract extension, the Vikings said in the team statement that "the Vikings plan to announce the entire structure of the player personnel department in the near future."
Studwell Signs 3-Year Deal
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