Vikings’ Dalvin Cook isn’t clamoring for a new contract yet
The Minnesota Vikings’ offense revolved mostly around running back Dalvin Cook. Never was that more clear than in their NFC Divisional loss to the San Francisco 49ers, when the Niners shut down Minnesota’s running game and held the Vikings to just 147 yards of total offense.
Cook rushed for over 1,100 yards and tallied over 1,600 yards from scrimmage in his third season and–given his importance to the Vikings–would seem to be in line for a massive payday in the near future.
But Cook, who will be on an expiring contract heading into the 2020 season is not overly eager to demand an extension (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
“I love the organization,” Cook told NFL.com in connection with Pro Bowl preparations in Orlando. “They took a chance on me in bringing me in. If a person believes in me, I’ll give them my all. I try to do everything, give them my all and I’m just happy that I’m at the Vikings. It’s a great organization. I think everything we’ve got going on is for the future.”
The headlines generated by that comment include (as in the NFL.com article), “Dalvin Cook on potential deal: ‘I’ll give Vikings my all.’” But he wasn’t talking about the future under a second contract. He was addressing the decision of the Vikings to end his 2017 draft slide in round two. “If a person believes in me, I’ll give them my all.”
Even if Cook is willing to wait on the money, the Vikings might look to initiate contract talks.
The former Florida State standout is sure to command a pretty penny, especially in light of the record-breaking deal signed by Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley in 2018.
Nevertheless, the Vikings would do well to secure Cook’s future after a dominant 2019 campaign.