Dalvin Cook is looking for an extension from the Minnesota Vikings sooner than later.
If the Minnesota Vikings are going to be a legitimate contender in the NFC during the 2020 season, they are going to need the help of running back Dalvin Cook.
Cook was a big reason for the Vikings’ success in 2019 and a number of actions taken by the franchise during the last two offseasons have made it pretty obvious that the team has built their offense around the talented running back. If he’s not on the field, Minnesota’s offense is significantly less dangerous.
Which brings us to the current news that came about on Monday when ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cook will no longer participate in any team-related activities until he gets a new deal from the Vikings.
Will the Minnesota Vikings extend Dalvin Cook before training camp?
The guys over at Bleeding Purple recently tried to gather all of the latest information and rumors to figure out what is true and what isn’t when it comes to the current negotiations between Minnesota and Cook.
There has been some talk that the Vikings top running back is looking to get a similar amount to what Christian McCaffrey recently received in his extension from the Carolina Panthers (yearly average of about $16 million). That just isn’t true and Cook is just looking to get a deal that pays him a, “reasonable,” amount as Schefter stated in his report.
Holding out of training camp doesn’t seem very likely for the Minnesota running back either. The new NFL CBA signed a few months ago now requires players to report to the first day of training camp and remain in attendance until the conclusion in order to avoid losing an accrued season and becoming a restricted free agent during the following year.
Cook could still stage a holdout, but it likely wouldn’t begin until the regular season. All that is required is that he appears in at least six games and this way, he can still become an unrestricted free agent in 2021 if he is unable to agree to a new contract with the Vikings.
Cook is not looking to cripple Minnesota with a massive contract. But he knows his worth and his worth to the success of the Vikings, so he’s going to make sure he gets a deal that pays him accordingly.