It was noted this past offseason that saw Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was looking for an extension that would make him among the highest-paid players at his position in the NFL.
Coming off a 2019 season that saw the former Florida State standout put up north of 1,650 total yards and 13 touchdowns, it makes sense that he would want a raise. With some questions regarding his commitment to the Vikings heading into their Week 1 outing against the Packers, Cook put an end to that on Wednsday.
Vikings star Dalvin Cook not worried about contract situation
“Not worried. I’m prepared enough to go play and I’m physically ready to play,” Cook said, via Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press. “We have a young group that I’m looking to lead and to get somewhere this season. I’ll let the business take care of the business.”
Given the obvious tensions between Cook and Minnesota’s front office over the past several months, this is a pretty mature attitude for the young back. It was previously noted that the two sides hit a stalemate in extension talks after Cook demanded Christian McCaffrey money. The Carolina Panthers star inked a record-breaking four-year, $64 million extension during the spring.
Again, this doesn’t appear to be an issue.
“Just hope the Vikings and my agent come to an agreement on a deal that values me,” Cook said. “Until then, I’ve got to wait my turn.”
With money being thrown in the direction of NFL stars at a record clip over the past several months, Cook will ultimately end up wanting what he deserves. He’s set to hit free agency in March and is earning a mere $1.33 million base salary this season.