How long will Dalvin Cook wear a Vikings uniform? According to ESPN NFL Senior reporter Jeremy Fowler, Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings have been in “productive talks” about a possible contract extension.
Will be a big few months for RBs from ‘17 draft class trying to bolster position. Vikings’ Dalvin Cook and Bengals’ Joe Mixon have had productive talks with their teams about new deals, I’m told, though nothing is close at this time. Saints value Alvin Kamara. Others waiting, too pic.twitter.com/s6VfTKj9x9— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 18, 2020
This is good news. No, this is GREAT news for Vikings fans! Dalvin Cook (barring injury) is a “Bell Cow” running back for Minnesota, something the Vikings have been missing since the departure of Adrian Peterson after the 2016 season.
The Vikings can go one of two ways..
Sign Dalvin Cook to a massive contract extension. An extension that would be similar to Ezekiel Elliot’s 6yr/$90M deal with the Cowboys and/or Christian McCaffrey’s 4yr/$64M deal with Carolina. An average salary in that range would make Dalvin Cook one of the highest paid running backs in the NFL keeping “Cookie” in Minnesota for the foreseeable future.
The other option would be to wait until after the 2020 season to determine if Dalvin Cook is worth bringing back. Dalvin Cook is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after the 2020 season where he can test the market with a plethora of other potential UFAs.
Notable 2021 Free Agent RBs— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) May 18, 2020
• Derrick Henry
• Joe Mixon
• Alvin Kamara
• Aaron Jones
• Dalvin Cook
• James Conner
• Chris Carson
• Leonard Fournette
• Marlon Mack
• Kareem Hunt
• Adrian Peterson
• Kenyan Drake
• Tarik Cohen
• Todd Gurley
• Philip Lindsay (RFA)
Of course, we could see Dalvin Cook holdout. As of now, Dalvin Cook will not hold out according to Tom Pelissero; which is more good news for fans, coaches and the front office.
The #Vikings begin the virtual period of their voluntary offseason program today, and star RB Dalvin Cook plans to participate while awaiting a new contract, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 27, 2020
Cook is entering the last year of his rookie deal.
In hindsight, Dalvin Cook likely realizes that holding out for a new deal might not bring in a higher annual salary. Yes, it worked for Elliot, but it backfired for Melvin Gordon and Le’Veon Bell who both left the teams they were drafted by and signed for less money.
The Vikings hold all of the leverage in these “Productive Talks” with Dalvin Cook. As someone who has a Dalvin Cook jersey, I’m hoping that both sides can reach an agreement to keep the Vikings offensive core intact.
Pay Dalvin Cook— SkolMemes (@SkolMemes) April 17, 2020
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