Despite contract stalemate, Vikings star Dalvin Cook will report to training camp

By Vincent Frank
Jan 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) warms up before the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

After the NFL and NFLPA agreed to terms on a restructured collective bargaining agreement, teams are slated to report to training camp over the next week. That includes the Minnesota Vikings heading to camp starting Tuesday.

There’s some more good news for Minnesota. One of the team’s top players will not be absent despite an ongoing contract stalemate.

Running back Dalvin Cook expected to report to training camp

This is no small thing. Cook has demanded a contract that is considered out of whack as it relates to the current running back market. In return, the Vikings have offered him much less than the Pro Bowl back continues to demand.

Though, the new collective bargaining agreement makes it hard for players to hold out. The finances dictate the need to report when required. Cook is obviously taking that to heart.

Dalvin Cook’s contract situation could loom large.

Cook, 24, is set to earn a base salary of $1.33 million this season. That’s obviously much less than his true worth on the football field. The former second-round pick gained 1,654 total yards at a clip of 5.5 yards per touch while scoring 13 touchdowns for Minnesota last season.

The Florida State product is said to be demanding a deal on par with the record-breaking four-year, $64.06 million extension Christian McCaffrey inked with the Carolina Panthers during the spring. That’s obviously not going to happen.

Should the two sides fail to work out a long-term deal, Cook could potentially hit free agency next March. Though, Minnesota will also boast the ability to place the franchise tag on him.

That’s also complicated by the fact that the salary cap is expected to decrease next season due to the ongoing economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay tuned.