6 most important offseason priorities for the Vikings in 2020

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

Give Cook an extension

In his third year with the Vikings, Dalvin Cook finally had the season everyone knew he was capable of having when he was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

After missing a bunch of time due to injuries in his first two years with Minnesota, Cook appeared in 14 games in 2019 and it resulted in him accumulating 1,654 total yards and 13 touchdowns on 303 touches.

It’s clear the Vikings want the talented running back to be an essential part of their offense for the future. So this offseason, Minnesota needs to make sure Cook sticks around longer and extend his current contract that is set to expire in 2021.

How much money the Vikings are willing to give the young running back will be interesting to watch. When Cook is on the field, he’s arguably one of the best at his position in the entire NFL. His injury history is something that could prevent him from becoming one of the top paid running backs in the league though.

Minnesota has to also consider all of the recent big-money deals that have been handed out to running backs around the NFL. A number of them haven’t resulted in the player going out and performing even better than they did before their big contract.

How much money are the Vikings willing to invest in Cook? Expect Minnesota to take care of him, but the deal he might agree to may not end up being as lucrative as some are thinking.