Vikings Running back Dalvin Cook got his payday. The Minnesota Vikings and Cook agreed to a 5-year, $63 million extension today.
Cook had hinted that he would hold out until his pay reflected his performance. That hold out seemed as if it was just a threat, as Dalvin didn’t miss any time in camp. That paid off for him, and he gets this deal which carries $27 million in guaranteed money.
WHY IT WAS BIG FOR THE VIKINGS TO SIGN HIM LONG-TERM
Coming into the season, Cook was number 46 on the list of players at his position, and 18th on his own team. Those things that didn’t sit right. He finished 5th in rushing last year, and 2nd only to Panthers ball carrier Cristian McCaffery in all-purpose yards.
With the Vikings dealing away their biggest threat on the outside, Stefon Diggs, an unhappy Cook may not be what they need this year as they battle for the NFC North. The division is the closest it has ever been, as every team has either lost key guys, or added to their weaponry.
Cook was set to make a measly $1.3 million this year, but now this gets him up around $12 million. Much closer to what he means to the franchise.
Cook is definitely worth locking down for years to come. At a position that’s trending away from paying even the most productive guys, when he can be weapon in both the run and pass game, you have to make sure he’s on your side.
Cook has had an issue in the past with injuries, although when he is on the field, he’s a threat to go the distance on every play.
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