As we wait for the Vikings to re-open business, one issue still seems rather surprising: The team hasnít announced a contract extension for coach Mike Zimmer, who is entering the final season on his deal.

Maybe that will happen this week. The Vikings traditionally have waited to announce big news like contract signings until the week that players report to camp. Perhaps the organization pushed Zimmerís contract negotiations to the back burner to tackle other pressing matters related to the pandemic but will hammer something out quickly now.

Or maybe the organization is going to ride this out without action. That would be weird. Especially with everything so unsettled.

If nothing is happening behind the scenes and the Vikings are intent to let Zimmer coach a lame-duck season, that makes zero sense. Why add one more distraction to a season that will operate unlike any in league history? Why force a coach with a proven rťsumť to enter a make-or-break season in the middle of a pandemic that wiped out the entire offseason and could bring in-season disruption?

What is the harm in adding two years to Zimmerís contract? From a purely business perspective, that equates to a severance package if ownership ultimately chooses a new direction, not an unbreakable marriage.

Same thing with General Manager Rick Spielman, who by all accounts also is entering the final season on his contract. Adding a few years to his deal makes sense too.

Frankly, itís surprising that this remains an unresolved story this close to training camp, which is scheduled to open July 28. Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a statement before the playoffs expressing their support for Zimmer and Spielman. Since then, crickets.