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Vikings to interview Catherine Raiche, NFL’s highest-ranking female personnel executive, for GM job

According to ESPN she is believed to hold the most senior-ranking team personnel position for a woman in NFL history.

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Undated courtesy photo, circa January 2022, of Catherine Raîche, vice president of football operations with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Vikings have requested an interview with Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Catherine Raiche, making her a candidate to become the NFL’s second female general manager.

According to ESPN, which first reported Thursday the Vikings’ interest, she is believed to hold the most senior-ranking team personnel position for a woman in NFL history. Susan Tose Spencer has been the NFL’s only female general manager, working for the Eagles from 1983-85.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf fired general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer on Monday.

The Vikings began the process Wednesday of asking teams for permission to speak to candidates to replace Spielman. Others they requested for interviews include Eagles director of player personnel Brandon Brown, Tampa Bay vice president of player personnel John Spytek, Cleveland vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook, New England player personnel consultant Eliot Wolf and Kansas City director of player personnel Ryan Poles.

Raiche, a native of Montreal who turns 33 this year, has worked with the Eagles since 2019. Before entering the NFL, she spent five years in the Canadian Football League, including two years as director of football administration for the Toronto Argonauts and one as the Montreal Alouettes’ assistant general manager.

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Peterson on Zimmer

Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson said he hopes Zimmer, 65, will get another head-coaching job but wonders if his age could work against him.

“As a head coach, I think he should have another opportunity, but with the league, they’re going young everywhere with coaches,” Peterson said on his All Things Covered podcast. “Do I think he’ll get another job? Yes. Will it be hard for him to get another job? It’s hard to say …. Many organizations want to go younger, especially now. They want to have these offensive-minded guys because they want to be able to develop quarterbacks and things like that.”

Peterson added that Zimmer, a long-time defensive coordinator before taking the Minnesota head position in 2014, could “for sure” again be a coordinator if he wants that.

Hinton gets futures deal

The Vikings signed guard Kyle Hinton to a futures contract. He became the ninth player off the practice this week to sign a futures deal after eight were locked up on Monday.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2020, Hinton spent his first two seasons on the practice squad. He has not played in a regular-season game.

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