Leslie Frazier chose his words carefully Friday, wanting it known that he plans to handle his awkward contract situation in the most professional manner possible. But there is no question the Vikings' decision not to speak with Frazier's agent this offseason about a potential extension left the head coach both agitated and confused.
True to character, Frazier refuses to air his complaints publicly. And so when asked about the team's decision to exercise only the 2014 option on his contract without initiating talks on a longer-term deal, Frazier simply shrugged, downplaying any tension.
"I moved past it," Frazier said from the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "It is what it is, and I've got to concentrate on getting our team ready for this season."
The Vikings might have reason to be cautious with Frazier's deal, only a couple years removed from the firing of Brad Childress, a dismissal that came only a year after he had been given a lucrative three-year extension.
Still, that doesn't fully diminish the oddity of Frazier's current situation. It's not just that he led the Vikings to 10 victories and an unexpected playoff appearance last season; it's that his leadership proved galvanizing throughout 2012 and proved most evident when the team closed the season with four consecutive victories to secure a wild-card berth.
Frazier isn't dwelling on non-extension
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 23