Minnesota Vikings are set to have a holdout on their hands. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook decided he will not take part in any team activities, including workouts and training camp, if not given a new contract.
Schefter reports that the player is asking for a “reasonable extension” from the Vikings and is ready to hold out even beyond the training camp in case that the team isn’t ready to accommodate his demands.
Cook had a breakthrough season in 2019, emerging as the Vikings’ primary back and rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding impressive 53 catches for 519 yards. The 24-year-old RB now wants to cash in these good performances while entering the final year of his rookie deal that only pays him a base salary of $1.3 million in 2020.
Reportedly, Dalvin Cook’s idea of “reasonable extension” includes a yearly salary in the neighborhood of $13 million a year, something that the Vikings weren’t willing to match so far. They came back with a significantly lower offer that ended up stalling the talks between the two sides.
Cook will most likely have to lower his demands if he wants a new deal, as NFL franchises became more cautious with paying players on his position. This is mostly due to cautionary tales of massive extensions given to running backs like Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, and David Johnson, that haven’t exactly worked out the way the teams hoped.