Vikings’ Gary Kubiak downplays chance Dalvin Cook misses season
Dalvin Cook is amid a holdout with the Minnesota Vikings, casting doubts on whether he’ll be present during training camp or not. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Cook, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak doesn’t foresee any complications arising for the offense if Cook misses training camp.
“He’s got as good a grasp at what we do and how we go about it,” Kubiak said, via Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press. “He could teach class [on our system] because he’s that bright and that smart of a football player.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that Cook would be a no-show to Minnesota’s offseason activities until he received a new contract. The former second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2020.
Cook is set to make $1.3 million next season with the Vikings. That would make him the 35th highest-paid running back in terms of base salary. However, after a career year in 2019, Cook is seeking a deal that rivals the one that Christian McCaffrey received earlier this offseason.
Just this past season, Cook scampered for a career-high 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. At the same time, the Florida State product has proven to have concerns with injuries thus far in his career. Therefore, the Vikings are likely hesitant to give him a long-term deal.
In a little over a month, NFL training camps are expected to begin for all 32 teams. While Cook could be absent from the team, Kubiak doesn’t believe his contract dispute will impact the team’s offense once he returns.