6 takeaways from Spielman and Zimmer speaking at the Combine

(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

Minnesota wants to keep Cook around for a while

Coming off of his most productive season since entering the NFL in 2017, Dalvin Cook has just one year remaining on his current contract with the Vikings.

With Rick Spielman as their general manager, Minnesota has typically liked to extend their top young talent before their deals run out. So while a new contract for Cook might sound like a risky idea to some, Spielman made it pretty clear on Tuesday that the Vikings want to make sure the running back remains with the team for much longer than just one more season.

"“We’ve always tried to keep our core young talent that we draft and develop. I consider Dalvin (to be) one of those core group of players that we definitely want to try to keep.”"

There’s been some talk of Cook possibly holding out if he doesn’t get an extension from Minnesota before OTAs this spring.

The chances of this actually happening still don’t seem very high. Especially when Spielman’s comments at the Combine seem to indicate that the Vikings are hoping to offer the running back a new contract before the start of next season.