EAGAN, Minn. – Time is running out for the Minnesota Vikings and run Dalvin Cook to exercise a contract extension before the 2020 season begins.
In the four days until Minnesota hosts Green Bay at the opening of its season, Cook has yet to sign a new deal and is set to play the fourth year of his rookie contract earning him of $ 1.33 million during this period.
However, the crunch of time is something not to worry about running back.
“Not worried,”; Cook said. “I’m ready to play, and I’m physically ready to play. We have a young group I’m looking to lead and get somewhere right now. I’m going to let the business take care of the business.”
The two sides failed to reach an agreement on an extension during the training camp, and the team chose to discuss the negotiations Aug. 19. ESPN sources said the talks had not been reached since. that.
Even though he does not have a new contract, the 25-year-old said he plans to play on Sunday.
“If Coach Zim calls my name, I’ll get out of there,” Cook said.
Cook was one of the NFL’s most productive backs last season, recording the second-most yards from scrimmage per game and leading the league by averaging 11.3 yards after the catch. He recorded the first down to 40.6% of his targets, which is the third highest score of any running back with at least 30 targets, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Many runners across the NFL have signed new deals recently, including Cincinnati Joe Mixon, who became the sixth highest-paid rusher and set an average of $ 12 million per year over a four-year extension, and Kareem Hunt, who signed a two-year, $ 13.25 million extension with Cleveland. The New Orleans Saints running back to Alvin Kamara is “very close” to signing a lucrative contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Despite seeing that those agreements paid off, Cook was not discouraged that he was not alone.
“I’ve never been a man to look at this person or look at that person,” Cook said. “Everyone is human. Go out and squeeze your tail and do what you have to do and you hope there is a reward behind that. I just hope the Vikings and my agent agree on an agreement that I value. Until That way, I’ll just wait for my time. “
Prior to training at the camp, Cook said he was looking for a “reasonable” agreement to appreciate what he was bringing to the Vikings’ organization inside and outside the farm.
In addition to being one of the most fruitful rushers in the NFL, Cook has been the face of “Vikings Table,” a custom built food truck with a mission to offer healthy eating and health education to youth throughout Minneapolis. -St. Paul’s community, since its inception in 2019 and became an active member of the team’s Community’s Tuesday.
“It’s like, if I value you as a person, I treat you like I value you,” Cook said. “Same thing with me. I give 1,000% in the field, every time I walk in the building, every time I go out in the community. It’s kind of the same thing.
“Like I said, I just hope both sides get along so they can appreciate Dalvin Cook in and out of the farm.”