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Vikings to hire Zimmer as coach

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer before the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports2 / 2

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The Minnesota Vikings are set to name Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their next head coach, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

Zimmer spent the past five seasons as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. His name was mentioned often during the past few years in head coaching searches before he finally landed the job with the Vikings.

A deal was expected to be completed Wednesday. Zimmer interviewed in Minnesota on Tuesday and stayed overnight as contract negotiations continued, according to the ESPN report.

Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the 2013 season.

Before joining the Bengals, Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 to 2006 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.

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