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By Kevin Seifert
<img align="right" title="Fran Foley" id="image1865" alt="Fran Foley" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/stf_fran_foley.jpg" />The Vikings have offered the job of personnel director to San Diego's Fran Foley, two people with knowledge of the situation said late Monday night. Barring a last-minute and unexpected change, the team could announce his hiring as early as today.
Several club officials said earlier Monday that no decision had been made. But according to the sources, owner Zygi Wilf began informing some of the other candidates Monday night that Foley was his choice. It is unclear what title Foley, 44, will carry, but he is expected to share decision-making authority with coach Brad Childress and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.
No team official could be reached for comment Monday night after Foley's job offer was discovered.
Foley spent the past three seasons as the Chargers' director of pro scouting, where he focused primarily on scouting players in the NFL, NFL Europe, the CFL and the Arena League. Prior to arriving in San Diego, he spent nine seasons in Jacksonville -- five years as director of pro scouting and four as assistant director of pro personnel.
Wilf began planning a restructuring project for the front office last fall, and his first choice was to hire Philadelphia executive Tom Heckert. Had that scenario played out, Heckert would have been granted authority close to that of a traditional general manager.
Heckert remained with Philadelphia, however, after accepting a raise and a title of general manager.
The Vikings then shifted the job description to one that put Childress at the top of their Triangle of Authority and put Brzezinski and the personnel director at the bottom corners. As a result, Foley will supervise the Vikings' college and pro scouting departments.
Wilf chose Foley over at least six known candidates who interviewed for the job: former Miami General Manager Rick Spielman, former Atlanta vice president Ron Hill, Jacksonville director of pro personnel Charles Bailey, Kansas City vice president of personnel Bill Kuharich and internal candidates Scott Studwell and Jeff Robinson.
New England director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff pulled out of the running prior to his scheduled interview, and the Vikings also expressed interest in Philadelphia assistant director of personnel Scott Cohen. They passed on the opportunity to interview Denver director of pro scouting Rick Smith.
The contracts of Studwell and Robinson expire May 31. They are expected to be given the opportunity to remain with the organization, at Foley's discretion.