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Vikings Announce 2 Coaches' Contracts Will Not Be Renewed in 2021


Mark Uyeyama

EAGAN, Minn. — An additional pair of Vikings coaches will not return for the 2021 season, the team announced Friday.

The contracts of Senior Defensive Assistant Dom Capers and Director of Competition Development Mark Uyeyama are expiring and will not be renewed.

Capers joined Minnesota before the 2020 season, which was his 34th overall season in the NFL.

The 70-year-old entered the league in 1986, spending five seasons as the Saints defensive backs coach. He then spent the ensuing 15 seasons as a head coach or defensive coordinator, earning a reputation as one of the league's top defensive minds. Capers also holds the distinction of being the first head coach of two different expansion teams (Panthers and Texans).

And after spending the 2008 season in New England, Capers spent the next nine seasons as the defensive coordinator in Green Bay. Capers took 2018 off before spending the 2019 season with the Jaguars.

The 2020 season was Uyeyama's fourth with the Vikings. He was hired as the Vikings strength and conditioning coach in June of 2017 and spent two seasons in that role.

He was elevated to the title of Director of Competition Development for the past two seasons.

Uyeyama helped the Vikings transition into Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in the spring of 2018. Before joining the Vikings, he spent the previous nine seasons with the 49ers.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer on Tuesday announced that the contract of Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf is expiring and will not be renewed. He also addressed reports that Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak is considering retirement.