According to various sources from inside the NFL, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook wants a new extension offer and won’t participate in any team activities until then.
Cook Wants Big-Time Money
This news was revealed by a source who informer ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The famous NFL insider would later share it via his Twitter account.
“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 wrote, adding the sources claims that Cook awaits an extension offer, and until getting one he won’t be available for any team activities.
Right now, Cook has a salary of $1.3 million per year, and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He wants to see some big offers on the table. Per sources, he believes to have a major impact on the Vikings’ game, and wants to be paid as other top RBs in the league.
The 24-year old became a Pro Bowl player this season and posted career highs in rushing yards and touchdowns. In 14 starts, he has 1,135 yards on the ground for 13 TDs, and also had 519 receiving yards.
For the first time since Adrian Peterson, the Vikings have an RB who is considered to be one of the best in the league. Cook’s 13 rushing TDs are tied for the second-most in Viking’s history and are behind Peterson’s fantastic 19 from 2009.
It is why he wants to have a good contract, especially after seeing Kirk Cousins’ deal. Minnesota’s quarterback will get in total $150 million for five years spent in Minneapolis. The overall trend in the NFL is that QBs receive far more money than other players, and even though the running game is equally important in some teams, players in that position have a lesser salary.
Comparing himself to other RBs, it is said that Cook wants a similar paycheck as the newly acquired Texans’ RB David Johnson, and that is $13 million.
Vikings’ Ahead of a Major decision
There are few options for the Vikings when it comes to Cook. The team may decide to trade him, as they still aren’t sure about his overall health condition. He could be a one-year explosion and disappear after that, as we saw many times in the past. Therefore, we can expect the Vikings to try to stall the negotiations as long as possible.
If Cook, decides to be stubborn in his intention and refuses to come back to the field, Minnesota has two choices, one is a trade, and the other is to offer him a big deal, and both of them are risky.
If the Vikes decided to give him the money, they would put additional pressure on the salary cap, and create a burden for the future. Of course, that is if his stats drop. If he continues to play at the level from the previous year, then the franchise from Minneapolis has realistic chances to attack the Super Bowl.