Childress signs extension with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have signed coach Brad Childress to a contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But ESPN.com reported Thursday the extension would keep Childress in Minnesota through the 2013 season.

Childress was hired in 2006 by owner Zygi Wilf and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $10 million deal. The Vikings have improved each year under his watch. They went 6-10 in 2006, 8-8 in 2007 and 10-6 with an NFC North title last season.

With Brett Favre at the helm, the Vikings are 8-1 and battling with the undefeated Saints for the top seed in the NFC.

Wilf says Childress has instilled a positive environment and created a strong foundation for future success.