Hesitation to commit funds
Like millions of people around the United States, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a financial impact on the Vikings and it will likely continue to affect how the franchise does business for another year or two.
Due to the impact of the virus, Minnesota and every other team around the NFL are expected to lose a significant amount of money this year. It’s something that has likely contributed to the Vikings still having 14 of their 15 2020 draft picks unsigned and the fact that they have not extended running back Dalvin Cook or Mike Zimmer.
If Minnesota doesn’t know how much money they are going to have in 2021 or 2022, so why are they going to give Zimmer a new contract that potentially commits them to give a guaranteed amount of cash to him during this time?
Some might say he’s worth the commitment no matter what (which he is), but this is an unprecedented time in the NFL and all around the world. The business background of the Vikings ownership has probably come into play more than ever this offseason and they might want to wait and see if a season actually happens this year before giving Zimmer some new money.