Vikings extend Childress' contract

Vikings coach Brad Childress signed a contract extension Thursday, one that will reportedly keep him with the team through at least 2013.

On Wednesday, Brad Childress said talk of a new contract was news to him. A day later, he was signing a contract extension.

"My family and I are very fortunate to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization," Childress said in a statement. "I value the opportunity to continue to lead this team over the next several years as we work toward our ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl for our passionate fans everywhere."

Terms of the deal weren't announced, but ESPN's John Clayton reported Thursday afternoon that it would make him the Vikings coach through the 2013 season at an average of between $4 million and $5 million per season.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf hired Childress in 2006. He was 6-10 in his first year, 8-8 in 2007 and 10-6 last year before losing the only playoff game in his head coaching career, a 26-14 loss to his former club, the Philadelphia Eagles.

This year, the Vikings are 8-1 and have won 17 of their last 21 regular-season games.

"Brad has done a tremendous job leading this football team and we value the positive environment he has created for the Minnesota Vikings on and off the field," Zygi Wilf said in a statement. "He has continued to positively impact this team and create a strong foundation for future success."

The Vikings won their first division title since 2000 under Childress last year and the team sent nine players to the Pro Bowl last year.

"I am grateful for the opportunity I was given. I've got a good group of guys in the locker room, which I've said over and over," Childress said after Thursday's practice. "I've got a great ownership group. Not only am I grateful for them, they've been good owners from the standpoint of empowering us with players. They listen. There is a good dialogue. There is good communication. I don't know what it's like to be an owner; they don't know what it's like to be a head football coach, but there's a pretty good repartee that goes on between us and I'm grateful for that communication.

"I think the bigger thing is that you supply the vision when you're selling yourself for this job and they have to buy into the vision of how you see the Minnesota Vikings going forward. We've been good enough to be able to fulfill part of that vision."

Childress is in his 32nd season of coaching overall and 12th season in the NFL.

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