Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is reportedly going to hold out from activities with the team until the team extends his contract.
Pro-Bowl RB Dalvin Cook no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives a “reasonable” deal, a source said Monday.
“He’s out,” a source told ESPN. “Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2020
Cook was drafted in the second round by the Vikings in the second round of the 2017 Draft. Since entering the league Cook has dealt with a multitude of injuries. However, when he has been on the field he has looked fantastic and showed a lot of promise.
Dalvin Cook has rushed for 2,104 yards in 28 career games in three years. This past year Cook rushed for 1,135 yards in the 14 games he played which was 10th in the league. That earned him a spot on this year’s Pro Bowl team.
According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the Vikings initially offered Cook a deal earning him under $10 Million a year. There are also reports that Cook is looking to become one of the top-5 paid running backs. That would mean he would make at least $13 Million like David Johnson.
Dalvin Cook is expected to once again be a vital piece of the Vikings offense. There is a case that he is the Vikings’ most important offensive weapon after trading away Stefon Diggs.
The Vikings have a very solid contingency plan in Alexander Mattison. Mattison was a third-round pick a year ago who ran for only 462 yards and a touchdown, but showed that he could be more than just a back up if his role expanded past that.