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Updated report: Frazier says no thanks to Seahawks request

Posted by: under Rookies, Vikings, Super Bowl, Vikings coaches, Leslie Frazier, Brett Favre, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin Updated: January 8, 2010 - 3:26 PM

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier interviewed for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job in the Twin Cities on Thursday. Friday, he became a candidate for another opening.

According to ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks fired coach Jim Mora and have asked the Vikings' permission to speak to Frazier about the position. Seattle finished 5-11 this season, including a loss at the Metrodome.

This would be the seventh team for which Frazier has been a coaching candidate over the past three years. He was a candidate in Atlanta and Miami two years ago and Denver, Detroit and St. Louis last offseason.

The Bills were able to speak to Frazier this week because the Vikings have a bye before playing host to a divisional round game on Jan. 17.

UPDATE: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll is the leading candidate for the Seahawks job and that Frazier has turned down the opportunity to interview for the Seahawks job.

Favre wins honor: Quarterback Brett Favre, who threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns in the Vikings' 44-7 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday, was named the FedEx Air Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. Favre has tied New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees for the most nominations and awards. FedEx will donate $1,000 to a Safe Kids charity in Minneapolis, bringing Favre's total donation through this award to $5,000 this season. The award is selected by votes on NFL.com.

Harvin a finalist: Vikings wide receiver and kickoff return man Percy Harvin is one of five finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award. Other candidates include Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd; Houston linebacker Brian Cushing; Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews; and Baltimore offensive tackle Michael Oher. Fans can vote for the winner by going to www.nfl.com/rookies until 5 p.m. Feb. 2. The winner will be presented the award during a news conference on Feb. 4 in South Florida during the week of the Super Bowl.

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