Dalvin Cook will hold out without a new contract

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is planning his holdout.

Cook has decided not to participate in any team activities until he gets a new contract.

“He’s out. Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond,” a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The question now will be whether the Vikings cave to Cook’s demands. Last year two high-profile running backs engaged in holdouts, with very different results.

Melvin Gordon was making similar threats about not reporting a year ago when he started his holdout with the Chargers. But the Chargers didn’t budge and Gordon eventually reported in Week Five of the regular season. This year he settled for a two-year, $16 million contract with the Broncos in free agency.

Ezekiel Elliott, however, was also holding out a year ago, and in his case it was the team that caved: The Cowboys gave Elliott a six-year, $90 million contract.

Will the Vikings hold the line like the Chargers? Or will Cook get a big new contract like Elliott’s? That now becomes one of the most interesting questions of this summer in the NFL.

94 responses to “Dalvin Cook will hold out without a new contract

  1. Injury prone at the tailback position wanting a long term contract? Goodbye Dalvin, its been fun watching you in purple

  2. Whoa, that’s big. The Vikings incredible dynasty will now crumble. They already lost their best receiver and some defenders.

  3. He is not zeke !!! But at this point I really don’t care if there’s football this year

  4. Good thing Spielman is a Magician and drafted The Matt Truck last year (who looked damn good)

  5. You just can’t sign an injury plagued running back to a long term contract and Cook hasn’t played an injury free season yet.

  6. Wow, he had one healthy season and now he wants the bag. Good luck, Dalvin. Don’t do it the way Melvin did it or you’ll find yourself as the next hopeless Lions RB before you know it.

  7. Cook might be offered 10 million a year average. But I doubt anymore than that with his injury history.

  8. He has played in 58% of Vikings games since he has been drafted. Granted last year he played very well and has always had a high average per carry. It a tough call because the Vikings are getting good value, but he isn’t worth renewing at this point in my opinion.

    I’d have to call his bluff if I where the GM and make him play out his contract and tell him we look at it when your contract is done.

  9. Ability vs. Availability

    Take a top 5 RB contract, lets say 10 mil divide by 16 then multiply by 12…that’s the deal.

    10,000,000 / 16 = 625,000
    625,000 x 10

    7,500,000 per year

  10. While I understand a player wanting more money, if they signed the contract they should honor. By that same token, if a team signed a contract they should honor it. But in order for that to happen players need to be willing to hold out for guaranteed money the entire length of the contract. For rookie contracts, their beef needs to be with the NFLPA. Until players are willing to strike for the players that join the league after them, that will never happen.

  11. Even if Dalvin was the next coming of gale sayers ( and he’s not ), the Todd Gurley disaster has essentially wiped out the expensive long term contract for the NFL running back… My guess is that Zeke will be the last one and chances are, it’ll end just as badly as Gurley’s…

  12. Cook is good, but he ain’t that good. Let him sit out. Melvin Gordon learned about that the hard way.

  13. They gotta do something for runningbacks to get paid earlier. At soem point no one is gonna want to play running back. Eventually we wont have any dynamic players at the position. Maybe they can sign extensions after two years or something.

  14. Delicate Dalvin being team first as always! If the Vikings sign him they will crush their cap. Mattison is a fine back. They should either trade Cook while they can, or make him play out the season and walk in free agency.

  15. I am simple, but this comes from my career: you hold out, you will be in a different uniform. Especially this guy. “Best back in the league?” In a league that barely values RBs? See you. I’ll keep my dime and get 12 of you.

    Think Clowney. Think Bell.

  16. I wanted real football news for a change, but not this. This must mean that ongoing contrat negotiations are not going well, or his agent wouldn’t have leaked this news. He’s good, and the Vikes are much better with him. However, his timing couldn’t be much worse with the combo of the NFL devaluing RBs, his injury history, Mattison’s presence and the Vikings’ cap situation (with the cap likely decreasing the next two years if stadiums can’t be filled). This could get ugly. I can’t rememeber if the new CBA allows the std hold-out fines since he’s under contract for this year.

  17. Let him go. He’s a nice player….good, but not transcendent. Paying RBs big $$$ is always a mistake.

  18. It used to be that the best RB’s were top 10 picks in the draft. Now days you get super good RB’s like Chris Carson in the 7th round. It’s a passing game now. That’s just the way it is.

  19. One good season out of 3 and he’s going to hold out, did he learn nothing from Gordon just last year? If I were the GM I’d tell him “OK refund all of the first years money and 2/3 of the 2nd season and then we’ll negotiate from there”!

    These players today sure do think they’re a lot better than they really are, dont they?

    It’s been real and it’s been nice but it’s not been real nice, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  20. This would be a sound move if…..the Vikings didn’t have Alexander Madison waiting to take over. Cook may regret this big time. May want to give Melvin Gordon a ring too. Compare notes.

  21. If he leaves, the Vikings will be less than .500. Cook is one of the few RBs I would actually pay.

  22. Fair enough. Plausibility depends on the contract he’s asking for.

    But two questions:

    – When’s the last time a team regretted letting an injury-prone RB go?

    – When’s the last time a team regretted overpaying an injury-prone RB?

  23. Vikings will make Mattison their #1 tailback while Cook will be cooking somewhere without any money.

  24. Sadly, with RBs trying to force extensions early, we might be headed to a future where they get drafted even later than they already are. They’re going to force the hands of teams to treat them as draft investments that aren’t worthwhile, if you end up having to make early, risky big contract investments in them even before their rookie contracts end.

  25. 49ers don’t even bother drafting RBs anymore. Plenty of good ones go undrafted.

  26. boy, this is getting tiresome. Against the backdrop of all that has gone on in 2020, pro sports in general is becoming not worth investing any time in

  27. Dalvin had a nice season last year, but this dude is normally always injured. I wouldn’t do it.

  28. He’ll be there on game day, and he’ll have fresh legs. He doesn’t need pre-season. If not, no tears. Hey, it’s a QB league.

  29. He is more important to that offense than Cousins who was overpaid. Just pay the man.

  30. This kind of move would be a good move if the backup RB wasn’t really good. Bad move, Dalvin.

  31. He didn’t say how much he wants… just a long term deal. Maybe he’ll take a team friendly deal to stay. Every running back should realize they aren’t going to get much based on the position they play but if they can get a long term deal they are guaranteed a job as long as they have a team friendly cap number.

  32. A consistently injury prone tailback with absolutely no training camp reps, what could possibly go wrong. 🙄

  33. I couldn’t possibly feel sorry for the Vikings. They knew this guy was a self-centered egomaniac exhibiting questionable behaviors since high school. It was more important to the Vikings he be a talented football player first and a reasonable person second. You get what you pay for.

  34. RBs should start thinking about putting a floor under their career earnings and using incentives to protect the teams.

    Cook could ask for four years $24 million guaranteed at signing. Then a million each for 1,000 yards rushing, 1,200 yards, 30 catches, 60 catches, touchdowns etc.

    That gives him $24 million banked, and up to $48 mill if he kills it every year. The team only has to pay big money for big production, and if he gets hurt or stinks it only costs them 6.

    RBs are replaceable, but a 2nd round pick every four years is a cost too. If they can get seven good years out of one guy who is 22 – 29 years old, that’s another hole they can fill with a cheap rookie.

  35. “49ers don’t even bother drafting RBs anymore. Plenty of good ones go undrafted”

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Interesting strategy to wait to overpay a proven aging RB, not sure it always works out, see: ypur former Viking……I would prefer to trust my scouting staff if possible and keep the position consistently young and spend my money on the 5 big guys up front.

  36. When Dalvin plays he is an elite dual threat player. The question is can he stay healthy? I’m sure that question is also why he is holding out. He is coming off his best year and has the most leverage now. If he gets injured again it could permanently effect his earning potential on his next contract. I guess the question is how much is he asking for? Otherwise we will see him in week 10.

  37. Is this true? I had heard that every Viking player was more than willing to play for free there.

  38. He is on his final year & very much worth more than $1.18M A deal should be able to be worked out. If not, Vikings play the Seahawks week 5 in Seattle. They better hope it gets resolved by then.

  39. This pains me as the offense really goes through him.
    Don’t fool yourself, Mattison is tough between the numbers but he does not have the talent/ability/quickness that Cook has.

    Cook has some leverage right now and he knows it.

    And it’s even worse when they can’t have minicamps and maybe even shortened training camps. So, getting Mattison or any other back involved as being the primary option is not really going to be very easy.

  40. Cool is a very good back when healthy. And if he gets traded and stays healthy his departure will be a regret. He’s the kind of back that keeps defenses honest and alleviates the load on the shoulder of the QB.

    The NFL is a game of trends. In a pass happy league with lighter ILBs and DBs who can cover but not tackle (Jaire Alexander is an exception) time the day, offenses will need to adjust. GB got raked over the coals by the pundits for taking Dillon in the second round but I love the move. 3rd and 4 and the defense has to choose.

    I understand the devaluation of the position but if I’m Cook, Aaron Jones, etc., I look to do the same thing as my tenure in the league is probably half as long as a starting offensive lineman. Tough call.

  41. vikinganswer says:
    June 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    Then pay back the 2 years you did nothing
    ________

    Not sure what money you’re referencing. He’s only made 5 million over his 3 year career. He would gladly pay that back for a contract that paid him like the top 5 rb that he is.

  42. alwayscheatthecap says:
    June 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm
    49ers don’t even bother drafting RBs anymore. Plenty of good ones go undrafted.
    ______________

    True, they just give huge contracts to free agent RBs that never see the field for them.

  43. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 8, 2020 at 7:10 pm
    One good season out of 3 and he’s going to hold out, did he learn nothing from Gordon just last year? If I were the GM I’d tell him “OK refund all of the first years money and 2/3 of the 2nd season and then we’ll negotiate from there”!
    ___________

    You do realize Cook is in the final year of his rookie contract, don’t you? Cook was a second rounder whereas Gordon was a first rounder. Cook will make 1.3 million if he plays all 16 games. Or he can sit out until week 10 and still make 500k. Giving up 800k knowing he will hit the open market healthy seems like a no-brainer.

  44. Comparing Cook to Gordon doesn’t make sense. Cook will only make 1.3 million this year, so he has little incentive to play. In 8 months he will hit the open market at 26 years old and arguably a top-5 RB.

  45. This seems like a good time to explain the difference between Packers and Vikings fans …

    Vikings fans on ANY Packers-related article:

    Eyes get sorta big, as if they’re about to be attacked, or something. Heart rate increases, palms get sweaty. Start talking bad things about the Packers, that have zero to do with the article, but it makes them feel better for about five minutes.

    Packers fans on this article:

    Dalvin Cook is a good running back. If the Vikings sign him to an extension, that’s cool. Good for them.

    Notice the difference?

  46. I’ll never forget when he was laying on the field in Seattle on MNF crying because he once again got hurt. He’s fragile. Let Mattison take over this backfield. He’s the better back anyways.

  47. thelastchargersfan says:
    June 8, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    It would help to know he’s a 4th year player with a base salary of 1.33
    ___________________________________

    So give him a .67 raise to $2.00 that’s 50%! LOL just kiddin’

    Anyhow it also would help to know he’s only played 29 out of a possible 48 regular season games, that speaks volumes! I might give him a deal but it wouldn’t be huge money and it wouldn’t kick in until he played out the final year of this contract and the Vikes would hold the option to cut him if he doesn’t produce this season, then if he doesn’t sign I’d let him ride the pine this year or hold out and if he held out when he tried to come back I’d say “sorry but we’ve already filled your position”!

    Bottom line is these players have gotten way to big for their britches and I don’t care if they even play at all this season, let em’ sit a year without any pay and maybe they won’t take the privileges & money they make so lightly and they’d appreciate it more! It isn’t like these players can go anywhere else and make 10% of what they’re getting now and I don’t care if they’re only getting the league minimum! Where else are 95% these guys going to go and start out at $50K/yr?

  48. Sopita says:
    June 8, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I would prefer to trust my scouting staff if possible and keep the position consistently young and spend my money on the 5 big guys up front.
    ______________________________

    Agree 100% and I’ve been saying that for a decade! Give me a great OL, a decent QB, a couple of average RBs, a few average WRs and a TE and a good D and I’ll win more than my share of games. You don’t have to have great RBs and WRs. It all starts with the OL and a good OL will make the D better as there won’t be nearly as many 3 & outs and that is what really wears a D out, being on the field too much!

    Just look around the league and tell me how many teams with the best/highest paid RBs and WRs have won a SB with those players in the last 20yrs? Other than Indy in SB XLI I can’t think of a one and more often than not those teams with the high paid RBs and WRs are sitting at home watching the Playoffs!

  49. I don’t see how they can give him a big contract if the salary cap is going to be slashed by 40% next year. I guess we’ll just have to see what each side’s definition of “reasonable” is.

  50. joshiewashie says:
    June 8, 2020 at 6:38 pm
    Even if Dalvin was the next coming of gale sayers ( and he’s not ), the Todd Gurley disaster has essentially wiped out the expensive long term contract for the NFL running back… My guess is that Zeke will be the last one and chances are, it’ll end just as badly as Gurley’s…

    CMC just got paid. I’m not saying Dalvin is that guy, but he is worth more than 1.35 to the Vikings. Maybe the Vikes could go ahead and guarantee him the franchise tag money that he would get next year. That would give him a 2 year deal for around 15 mil( current 1.35 + 13ish franchise) guaranteed. It doesn’t break the bank long term, but it does give cook that lifetime financial security. From the Minnesota perspective, it keeps Cook working with the team and playing all year.

  51. Normally I dont advocate a holdout but the NFL is different animal. He’s doing the right thing by his agent or he’ll get used by ownership during his prime years.Ex Dak Prescott. Get your big contract NOW.

  52. He’s trying to get paid for playing a position undervalued by most teams. Of course he will play this season, because he likes money as much as the next person. Actually, sitting out the preseason and camp is probably a good idea, considering his injury history and the relative ease of playing RB in a system he is familiar with.

  53. These guys are out of control with the holdouts.

    He has stayed healthy for ONE full season out of the three he’s been in the league, and wants a raise already. Yes his 2019 was very good in terms of TD’s, but 1000 yard rushers can be found just about anywhere these days (see: Phillip Lindsay, Chris Carson, etc.).

    Why teams continue to pay RB’s big dollars is beyond me. Look at the Rams with Gurley, Jets with Bell, etc. It just doesn’t work out.

  54. Cook may be overplaying his hand on this. While last season was by far his best, he was not healthy down the stretch, and over his three season with the Vikings he has missed more than a season’s worth of games.

    I like Cook very much, but he is not worth anywhere near the contract that Christian McCaffrey landed; he just hasn’t shown the durability needed for that type of contract. If he’s expecting anything like that, I’d rather see them trade him for a cheaper option and spend the money on solidifying the OL. Mattison and Boone aren’t as good as Cook, but they’re good enough to produce.

  55. Might as well trade Thelen while you can get something for him and chalk up another 500 season for you guys.

  56. Nonstory, Spielman has a track record of signing his draft picks who have performed with a second contract. I think Dalvin has earned a second contract with the Vikings. Skol

  57. I’m getting more and more sick and tired of this BS with each passing year.

    Fans, show the NFL who’s the boss!

  58. mc77 says:
    June 9, 2020 at 6:31 am

    CMC just got paid. I’m not saying Dalvin is that guy, but he is worth more than 1.35 to the Vikings. Maybe the Vikes could go ahead and guarantee him the franchise tag money that he would get next year. That would give him a 2 year deal for around 15 mil( current 1.35 + 13ish franchise) guaranteed. It doesn’t break the bank long term, but it does give cook that lifetime financial security. From the Minnesota perspective, it keeps Cook working with the team and playing all year.

    2 1 Rate This

    McCaffrey is what LeVeon Bell was… He’s a number 1 receiver and number 1 back wrapped into one…

    I used Zeke as an example as the last “ run dominant “ back because the comparisons to Cook are more similar…

    Guys like McCaffrey and Bell are unique specimens that categorically don’t belong alongside the likes of Zeke and Cook… The have a category all their own…

  59. Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong. I believe the Vikings have all the leverage with this one. The only thing Cook can get out of a hold out is fined. If the Vikings forced his hand and push him to hold out for training camp, he’ll lose a year of service towards unrestricted free agency. Or, is that only for first round picks?

  60. That’s pretty disappointing. He does deserve a new contract but I rarely look positively on players who hold out. I would say simply shorten the standard rookie contract to 3 years rather than 4-5. And someone commented that they need to get rid of rookie wages. WRONG! The NFL just implemented rookie wages about 10 years ago because rookies were getting paid way too much and no one wanted the top 5 picks because they were too expensive. The rookie wage is ABSOLUTELY necessary.

  61. Cook is probably being advised by his agent. From an agents standpoint this is a good move. He had a good year and the likelihood of another injury free season is not exactly high, so this is a good time for him and for Dalvin. Next year if he is injured again his value could go down. The trouble is, this is exactly the reason The Vikings shouldn’t over pay.

  62. Best RB in the division, luckily Vikings also have the 2nd best back in the division with Mattison…

  63. chillyball says:
    June 9, 2020 at 9:01 am
    Might as well trade Thelen while you can get something for him and chalk up another 500 season for you guys

    @@@@@@@@@@222

    Solid reasoning. Same can be said for the packers. Trade rodgers while you can get something for him and chalk another bouncing out of the playoffs for you gals

  64. bboyspaulrevere says:
    June 8, 2020 at 11:01 pm
    This seems like a good time to explain the difference between Packers and Vikings fans …

    Vikings fans on ANY Packers-related article:

    Eyes get sorta big, as if they’re about to be attacked, or something. Heart rate increases, palms get sweaty. Start talking bad things about the Packers, that have zero to do with the article, but it makes them feel better for about five minutes.

    Packers fans on this article:

    Dalvin Cook is a good running back. If the Vikings sign him to an extension, that’s cool. Good for them.

    Notice the difference?

    stellarperformance says:
    June 8, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    I couldn’t possibly feel sorry for the Vikings. They knew this guy was a self-centered egomaniac exhibiting questionable behaviors since high school. It was more important to the Vikings he be a talented football player first and a reasonable person second. You get what you pay for

    @@@@@@@@222

    Quite a difference. You must be new

  65. Bad timing. With the state of Minnesota crumbling the vikings will have to decide where to play their home games. The Cook fiasco is small potato’s..

  66. These folks don’t learn lessons. They keep fighting losing battles.

    RBs holding out for a second contract lose.

    NFL players taking a knee lose.

    Green Money Matters!

  67. It’s not like the Vikings have a lot of salary cap room to accommodate Cook’s demands. The Vikings are a far different team when Cook is playing, having to depend on Cousins to carry the team is not going to end well and neither is the Viking’s season without Cook in the line-up.

  68. dino2997 says:
    June 8, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    This kind of move would be a good move if the backup RB wasn’t really good. Bad move, Dalvin.
    ____________

    Cook will be a free agent in 8 months. I doubt he cares whether his $20 million signing bonus check has a Vikings logo or a Dolphins logo.

  69. Keanu says:
    June 9, 2020 at 10:06 am
    Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong. I believe the Vikings have all the leverage with this one. The only thing Cook can get out of a hold out is fined.
    ________

    Cook will make 1.3 million if he plays all 16 games. He will make 500k if he plays 6 games. Either way, he will be an unrestricted free agent in February. The 800k he gives up by playing a whole season is not worth risking his future. He’s only 25 years old.

  70. Mattison is a good back up but that is it. He is no where near Dalvin Cook. To listen to some Vikings fans here say – they don’t care if Cook leaves because they have Mattison is disappointing.

  71. I don’t completely blame Cook….the career of a RB is short and you have to get paid while you can. If he is willing to take a reasonable deal I say sign him….but if he wants CMC money….let him go. He is very talented but can’t stay healthy……also over paying at the RB position is now way to succeed in the NFL.

  72. Vikings – Cowboys 2019 game

    E. Elliott – 20 carries 47 yards.

    Dalvin Cook – 26 carries 97 yards 1 TD

    Dalvin Cook 7 catches 88 yards.

    Elliott 4.5 yards a carry for the season – 12 TD’s in 16 games. 420 yards receiving for the year for an avg of 7.8 a catch.

    Cook 4.5 yards a carry for the season- 13 TD’s in 14 games. 519 yards receiving for an avg of 9.8 yards a catch.
    Pay Dalvin Cook.

  73. bkinacti0n says:
    June 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Cook will make 1.3 million if he plays all 16 games. He will make 500k if he plays 6 games. Either way, he will be an unrestricted free agent in February. The 800k he gives up by playing a whole season is not worth risking his future. He’s only 25 years old.////

    Teams can’t forgive fines anymore in this contract agreement. Dalvin would rack up a huge fine total so he wouldn’t make the $500,000.

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