Dalvin Cook will reportedly participate in Vikings offseason program

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

When the Minnesota Vikings begin their virtual offseason program on Monday, running back Dalvin Cook will reportedly be taking part as he awaits an extension.

Believe it or not, the Minnesota Vikings are about three months from beginning training camp. This is, of course, if the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t prevent it from starting around its usual time of the year.

On Monday, the Vikings will begin the virtual version of their offseason program. There is no requirement for the players to participate, but one would expect the majority of Minnesota’s players to take part in the program that will consist of virtual meetings and workouts.

Of those who will be participating in the virtual offseason program for the Vikings is top running back Dalvin Cook according to NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro on Monday.

Cook is currently in the final year of his rookie deal with Minnesota and most anticipate that he will agree to an extension with the team before the start of the 2020 season. Contract negotiations between the running back and the Vikings are expected to get back going in the near future with the NFL Draft now over according to the Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling.

Cook is coming off a very impressive performance in 2019 that saw him finish with a total of 1,654 yards and 13 touchdowns. It was easily the best season of his young career thanks to him being able to remain on the field for 14 games.

So after the numbers he put up in 2019 and the fact that he regards himself as the best running back in the NFL right now, Cook is hoping to land a pretty lucrative extension from Minnesota sometime during the next few months.

Earlier this offseason, there was a report that the Vikings top running back might not take part in the team’s activities if he didn’t have a new contract before the spring. However, this doesn’t appear like it will be the case.

Since Minnesota didn’t end up acquiring Trent Williams, they should have enough money to offer Cook an extension that is close to the value that he’s looking for. The Vikings also showed their commitment to him indirectly during this year’s draft when they didn’t use any of their 15 selections on a new running back.

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Minnesota wants Cook to be their top back for a long time and it seems like he’s enjoyed his time with the team since arriving in 2017. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out an extension for the running back that will make both him and the Vikings happy.