The Minnesota Vikings have solid depth at the running back position, and it might be put to the test this year. Running back Dalvin Cook is planning on holding out if he does not get a “reasonable extension,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cook, a second round pick in 2017, is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The team does not have an option for a fifth year, but could elect to use the franchise tag next year if need be.
Cook is due to earn a base salary of $1,331,361 this year. Schefter is reporting the two sides spoke last week, but have no further talks scheduled. A source close to Cook told Schefter they presented what they thought were reasonable proposals, but the Vikings are not interested in paying up. Schefter mentioned David Johnson and his $13 million salary, and said, “Cook wants to match if not surpass that total.”
Cook had a strong 2019 season, rushing for 1,135 yards on 4.5 yards per carry, with 13 touchdowns. He was also the team’s second leading pass catcher, with 53 receptions for 519 yards. The Vikings added Justin Jefferson to replace Stefon Diggs, but Cook would likely still be plenty active in the passing game.
The Vikings depth chart behind Cook includes Alexander Mattison, Mike Boone, and Ameer Abdullah. Mattison rushed 100 times for 462 yards last year, while Boone added 273 yards on 49 carries, with Boone getting starts in Week 16 and 17. They are capable backs, which gives the Vikings leverage. Cook is the superior back of the group, but the Vikings will counter that they can rely on Mattison and Boone and try and win a staring contest with Hyde.