5 options for Vikings to replace recently fired GM Rick Spielman

By Jordy McElroy

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to replace Rick Spielman as general manager before deciding on former head coach Mike Zimmer’s replacement.

“Both searches are starting right away. But the GM is going to be our first selection, and then the GM will have input in the head coach,” team owner/president Mark Wilf said on Monday.

It’s imperative that the Vikings knock the GM hire out of the park, especially if he/she is basically getting the green light to rebuild the new regime, starting with the selection of the head coach.

The job in Minnesota should be the most coveted opening out there right now. Spielman was GM for 10 years, and Zimmer stuck on as head coach for eight years for an organization that obviously values stability.

Ownership has also demonstrated more of a hands-off approach, which limits the chances of butting heads with executives.

Whoever gets the job is going to get the chance to run the show completely without always looking over their shoulder. And they’ll get a roster with enough of the right pieces to step in and win right away.

Here are five options to replace Spielman:

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