Dalvin Cook and Agent Lunched with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah at Manny’s Last Week

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Just when you think the Dalvin Cook drama has finally worn out its welcome this offseason, something happens that lights a fire under the conversation yet again. This time, it comes in the most peculiar of ways.

Mackey & Judd listener becomes Dalvin Cook whistleblower…

It isn’t uncommon for news to break out of SKOR North’s “MN Sports with Mackey & Judd” podcast, especially when local insider, Darren “Doogie” Wolfson joins the show for bi-weekly mini scoop sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

But this time, the scoop came from a Mackey & Judd listener, who was claiming he saw Dalvin Cook, his agent Zach Hiller and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah having lunch together at legendary Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis, last Wednesday. Doogie’s reporter instincts kicked in; he sent a text (likely to Hiller) and, moments later, got a reply confirming said lunch meeting.

The Manny’s meeting is is broached by Declan Goff, the Mackey & Judd executive producer, at the 08:22 mark of the below video and the important parts are transcribed underneath that.

DEX:“We got a nice note from a listener last Wednesday [who says] he saw Dalvin Cook, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Zach Hiller and another person he did not recognize enjoying a nice little lunch at Manny’s last Wednesday, maybe talking the future, maybe talking, to your point, maybe bringing him back.”

DOOGIE: “I’m sending a text as you speak Declan to verify if said lunch and happened at Manny let’s see if someone gets back to me during the course of this conversation. Zach Hiller is Dalvin [Cook’s] agent for those who don’t know. Zach represents a few players, including former Gopher Mo Ibraham. He’s got JK Dobbins, running back with Baltimore. But Zach isn’t, you know, Athletes First or Creative Arts Agency where he’s got hundreds of clients. Drew Rosenhouse [is another huge agent example], right? [With] Zach, it’s more an intimate. You know, one-on-one type relationship. Yes, in theory, Zach could easily have been in town last week. There was some scuttlebutt that Dalvin has been in town at different points [too]. Now, he’s also been in Florida but he hasn’t exclusively been in Florida. So Declan, I am checking on that…”

[Moments Later…]

DOOGIE: “Here’s the update, you ready? Yes, Declan what you just described — I don’t know if it was specifically Manny’s but I’ll trust the person who [sent that note]. Declan, good speculation initially that we could then follow up on! Thank you to that person for helping us!”

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We do not know what Dalvin Cook and his agent were talking to Kwesi about, during their meeting. Maybe Hiller is helping to broker a deal with another team, like Doogie Za’Darius Smith’s new agent did for him, when he was traded to the Browns earlier this offseason.

But it’s very possible they were talking about what a restructured contract might look like too. And, clearly, Dalvin Cook has been in and out of Minnesota this summer, not just training in Miami like previously thought. Maybe we’ll get a few more details now that this initial news has dropped.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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