The Minnesota Vikings will not need to use their franchise tag on running back Dalvin Cook next offseason. Cook has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth up to $63 million, according to reporter Tom Pelissero. The deal reportedly includes $28 million in various guarantees.
A year ago, Cook played in 14 games and broke out with a sizable 250-carry workload. He rushed for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 53 passes for 519 yards. Alexander Mattison served as a capable backup to Cook, rushing for 462 yards and four touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone each averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in limited backup work as well.
There is plenty of debate to be had about running back contracts, but for 2020, Cook is a clear No. 1 running back. He was going around No. 7 in many fantasy drafts, and as long as he is healthy, you can slot him in as an RB1 week-in and week-out.