Dalvin Cook expected to receive huge contract extension from Minnesota Vikings,to a long-term agreement as soon as the two parties open contractual negotiations. Once Cook signs his overtime, he will be paid as one of the best running backs in football.
Cook firmly believes he is already the best ball carrier in the game and intends to prove it in the coming seasons.
“The things I do out of the backfield, the things I do between tackles, I block, I do just about everything,” said Cook, via Chris Tomasson of St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I don’t need to leave the field. I think some guys don’t do as much as I do, and I think that’s why I’m back today. “
Cook played 14 games with the Vikings last season, finishing with 250 runs for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per run. He also had 53 catches for 519 yards, also a career high. Cook has played five 100-yard games and has been durable for the Vikings, finishing with more than 20 races eight times this season (including Minnesota’s playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints).
Cook finished seventh in the NFL in rushing yards per game and fourth in touchdowns. His 1,654 yards of scrimmage was also the seventh highest in the NFL, as 2019 was considered a breakout season for Cook.
Cook is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is expected to earn $ 2,021,508 in 2020. Negotiations will not seem too difficult with the Vikings, a team Cook expects to be in the coming seasons.
“I love Minnesota,” said Cook. “I love everything the state has to offer. As a child, (when) I was drafted, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. In fact, I’m happy where I am, and I would like to be in Minnesota for the long haul. “
The Vikings’ second-round pick in 2017, Cook played just four games for his rookie and rushed for 354 yards and two touchdowns before being lost for the season with a ripped ACL. He returned in time for the start of the 2018 season, but missed five games with thigh pressure. Cook finished with 133 runs for 615 yards and two touchdowns, while making up 40 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Cook has 2,104 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
The Vikings will not wait to see if Cook will have a strong 2020 season before deciding to pay for it. Both parties seem to have the same goal in mind – to extend the contract and move forward.