Vikings coach Brad Childress said following today's practice that reports from CBS and ESPN that he's nearing an agreement on a contract extension is "news to me."
"I'm not even going there," Childress said, adding that there was a report in October that he was very close to getting an extension. That doesn't mean it's not going to happen soon but Childress isn't going to talk about it until something gets done.
Childress is in the fourth season of a five-year contract and there have been discussions between his agent, Bob LaMonte, and Vikings ownership about extending the deal. Mark Wilf, the VIkings president, told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that he had no news when it came to Childress' contract.
Wilf then added: "But again. We feel really solid about the entire team. From Brad on down, we feel very solid and confident in the type of people we have in our organization right now."
The Vikings are atop the NFC North with an 8-1 record and Childress' decision to bring in Brett Favre as his quarterback well into training camp has paid off.
In the CBS report, Clark Judge cited sources as saying Childress will be rewarded with a contract "soon," but no one was specific about how soon that would happen. Judge reports that Childress is the lowest-paid coach in the NFC North with an annual salary of $2 million but sources told Judge that will change and that Childress will at least double his salary. Here is the story from Judge.