Running back Dalvin Cook wants a new contract with the Minnesota Vikings. And he appears to be prepared for a lengthy hold out if the team doesn’t offer him one.
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’s out,” a source told ESPN. “Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2020
Schefter also reported that the source said Cook’s camp is frustrated by the Vikings’ willingness to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to an extension a year before he was set to hit free agency and how they perceive Cook’s situation being handled.
The 24-year-old running back is set to be a free agent after this upcoming season. It is the final year of his rookie contract which calls for him to make around $1.3 million.
Cook is entering his fourth season in Minnesota after the Vikings took him with the 41st overall pick (second round) pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Florida St.
The running back has been very effective on the field but has yet to stay completely healthy for one. He burst onto the scene as a rookie, rushing for 354 yards on 74 carries through the first three-plus games. But a torn ACL knocked him out for the season during the season’s fourth game.
Minnesota has gotten more of Cook in the years since. In Year 2, he played in 11 games, followed by 14 in 2019.
For his career, the Vikings back has amassed 2,104 yards on the ground on 457 carries (for an average of 4.6 yards) and 17 touchdowns. He’s also contributed in the passing game, too. Cook has 104 receptions for 914 yards and two scores.