Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Minnesota coach Brad Childress said earlier this month that he had no plans to fire special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro, even after the Vikings set an NFL record by giving up seven touchdowns in 2008. But we'll soon find out if he's willing to let Ferraro out of his contract to make a lateral move.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has requested permission to interview Ferraro. The two were teammates at Springfield (Mass.) College, and it's fair to say that Spagnuolo wouldn't have requested permission if he didn't have Ferraro high on his list. Childress can decide whether to grant permission or keep Ferraro under contract.
As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune points out, Vikings assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy would be a candidate to replace Ferraro if he departs.