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Report: Vikings in serious contract discussions with Frazier

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Leslie Frazier's calming influence on the Minnesota Vikings might be felt next season, too.

The Vikings are in serious discussions with Frazier to make him their full-time coach, the Star Tribune reported Friday night, citing league sources.

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Frazier, who had been defensive coordinator, is seeking a three-year contract, according to the newspaper, after going 3-2 as the interim replacement for Brad Childress, who was fired Nov. 21 following a 3-7 start. If negotiations go well, Frazier could be announced as the full-time coach some time after the Vikings' Sunday season finale in Detroit against the Lions.

Frazier has shown this season why he has interviewed for seven NFL head-coaching jobs. He managed the Vikings through unimaginable schedule changes after the Metrodome roof collapse. The team had to play home games at Detroit's Ford Field and the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, then saw last week's contest in Philadelphia against the Eagles moved from Sunday night to Tuesday night because of a snowstorm.

Frazier told the Star Tribune on Friday that he would talk with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf after the season.

"I'd like to know what the future holds," Frazier said. "Be able to make plans of the future. The most important thing right now is the Detroit Lions. We're 48 hours away. Maybe it will be in Detroit. Maybe it will be on Sunday. Who knows? But that's the most important thing right now, and that part of it is going to take care of itself in due time."

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