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Vikings reportedly extend GM Rick Spielman through 2020 season

Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After recently extending head coach Mike Zimmer’s contract through the 2020 season, the Minnesota Vikings have reportedly done the same for general manager Rick Spielman.

On Tuesday, Chad Graff of The Athletic wrote that it “sounds like” Spielman got an extension through the 2020 season after team president Mark Wilf said his and Zimmer’s contracts were now “synced up.”

Not long afterward, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune confirmed that the Vikings have given Spielman an extension.

That both Zimmer and Spielman are on short-term extensions now shows that, while the Vikings want to keep continuity, they are also making it clear that positive results are expected now.

Spielman has assembled quite a bit of talent for Zimmer to utilize. However, his job security will almost assuredly boil down to whether Kirk Cousins leads his team deep into the playoffs. And in order for that to happen, Cousins needs big help up front, which should be the team’s primary focus in the draft going forward.