Ben Goessling and Mark Craig are reporting that Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will not be returning for the 2019 season.
Last week, Alex Marvez reported that the Vikings were working to re-sign Priefer, whose contract was set to expire. However, Marvez added that the Vikings were also exploring other options for the position in case they were unable to get a new deal in place with Priefer.
Priefer, 52, began his coaching career at Navy back in 1994 as a graduate assistant. He worked for a few schools before being hired by the Jaguars as an assistant special teams coach in 2002.
Priefer worked a handful of NFL teams including the Giants, Chiefs and Broncos before the Vikings hired him as their special teams coordinator in 2001.
According to FootballOutsiders, the Vikings’ special teams unit ranked No. 20 in the NFL this season.