Chris Cook is a free agent, but if he has his way he won’t be going anywhere. Cook told a traditional tree-murdering Twin Cities media outlet that he would “love” to remain with the Vikings and have a chance to work under head coach Mike Zimmer and defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.
Cook says whether he stays in Minnesota or goes elsewhere is ultimately not his decision. Right now he is just waiting and working out, he told the miserable scribe who spoke to him.
Cook came to the Vikings with a lot of promise in 2010 as second round pick, but injuries and a general inability to lock down the techniques of zone coverage have plagued him all his career, and he has by-and-large not lived up to whatever expectations people had.
And then there was the off-field stuff. The cornerback came under intense fire in 2011 after an arrest for domestic assault, the details of which were rather horrifying. The Vikings elected to hold onto Cook, benching him for the remainder of that season in hopes that the heat would die down.
Charges were eventually dropped against Cook and he publicly re-committed himself to football.
Cook’s new commitment was not followed by better results. 2013 saw him bottoming out as a football player, the very very very bottom coming against the Bears when Alshon Jeffery beat him like a gong. Cook’s frustration over that beating boiled over and he was ejected from the game for making contact with an official.
Despite his many warts, some observers still see potential in Cook. His good size is always cited as a positive and there are some who believe Cook can have value as a man corner.
Whether Mike Zimmer shares the opinion that Cook is worthy of a salvage job remains to be seen. But Cook seems game for it.
Cook may have in mind the reboot job Zimmer helped Adam Jones do on his career in Cincinnati.