5 moves to save the Vikings $40 million in cap space in 2023

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /
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Restructure Dalvin Cook

  • Cap savings – $6.28 million

One doesn’t have to look far around the NFL to see the dangers that come with paying running backs. Thankfully for the Vikings, Dalvin Cook is an exception to this ever-growing perception.

Cook’s been nothing short of outstanding from the moment he arrived as a second-round selection out of Florida State. Giving him respectable financial compensation for his efforts is a gamble that’s paid off so far and judging by the player’s form in 2022, he could be among the elite for a good while yet.

The three-time Pro Bowler notched 1,468 all-purpose yards and 10 combined touchdowns last season. Cook has become an outstanding dual-threat weapon under Kevin O’Connell, so the scope for improvement is evident with another offseason picking up the head coach’s complex scheme.

Before preparations gather pace, the Vikings should discuss restructuring Cook’s deal. This would save the franchise $6.28 million on its 2023 cap at a time when every cent counts.

Cook won’t want his prime years restricted by Minensota’s inability to afford the right talent. So a contract restructure represents a win-win scenario for both parties.