Dalvin Cook’s Agent Takes Frustrations to Social Media Again
What are the Minnesota Vikings going to do with Dalvin Cook? That’s one of the biggest questions of the offseason for general manager, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. The running back is coming off his fourth consecutive 1,000 yard season and proved himself a valuable weapon in Kevin O’Connell’s offense.
Dalvin Cook’s Agent Takes to Social Media
The problem, however, is Cook’s $14 million cap hit next season. It’s no secret the Vikings have money problems to deal with and paying a running back top-5 money on your roster goes against common sense in today’s NFL. Especially if your offense runs the ball at a bottom-5 pace compared to other teams across the league, like Minnesota (27th) in 2022-23.
It appears Dalvin’s agent, Zach Hiller, agrees. He posted a highlight video of Cook on his instagram story Monday. Captioned within the story, Hiller wrote: “Now just picture they knew how to call run plays too”.
From Dalvin Cook’s agent on Instagram… ???? pic.twitter.com/QwR28XujZz— Dustin (@thatvikingsfan8) February 27, 2023
This isn’t the first time Hiller has taken his frustrations or Dalvin Cook’s contract negotiations to social media or NFL insiders . It wasn’t that long ago (summer 2020) that Hiller was calling Mike Zimmer a liar and threatening a holdout that was no longer allowed by the new (at the time) CBA.
Cook by the numbers
Cook’s accomplished his fourth-straight 1000 yard season with his fewest rushing attempts per game (15.5) since 2018. But it didn’t happen because of an increase in efficiency. In fact, Dalvin’s 4.4 yards YPC average was the lowest of his career.
Instead, Cook proved he could stay healthy, unlike what we’ve seen throughout his career. He played in all 17 games and, even with less chances every week, was able to pile up 264 total carries and 1,173 yards, his most ever in both categories outside of the 1,557 yards on 312 handoffs in 2020.
Divorce Feels Imminent
There’s already been whispers penetrating league circles saying Dalvin Cook isn’t willing to take a pay cut, to remain on the Vikings roster. If true, and Kwesi isn’t willing to pony up what Cook’s contract promises ($14M/YR for THREE more seasons) a trade, or even cut, may be imminent.
Clearly, Dalvin and his agent believe he’s worth what’s due. They’ve made that much very clear. The only question now might be what the Vikings can get back for him in a trade, beyond salary cap relief.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan