Cook and Cousins earned extensions
Heading into this year, both Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook had something to prove. Cousins had to show that he was going to be the quarterback to lead the Vikings into the future and Cook had to prove that he could stay healthy for the majority of a season.
Both were able to accomplish these tasks in 2019 and Minnesota should reward them for their efforts during the offseason.
The Vikings have already begun thinking about an extension for Cook according to a recent report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Given his age (24) and the impressive year he’s coming off of, the deal could end up being pretty lucrative for the running back. Don’t be surprised, however, if it includes a lot of playing-time incentives thanks to his injury history.
As for Cousins, if Minnesota offers him an extension, it will likely be for a longer period than his first deal with the team (three years). The Vikings may just want to give the quarterback a new contract to lower his cap hit in 2020 and free up some much-needed spending money.