New CBA complicates Dalvin Cook’s planned holdout

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The Vikings and running back Dalvin Cook quietly had been working on a new contract. Now, they’re not — and there’s nothing quiet about it.

Cook’s camp leaked on Monday that Cook has pulled the plug on participation in voluntary virtual workouts, and that, “[w]ithout a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond.”

If Cook doesn’t show up for camp, a revised set of rules will apply, given the terms of the new labor deal. For starters, the daily fine has spiked from $40,000 to $50,000. More importantly, the new labor deal moves the deadline for losing a year of credit toward free agency from 30 days before the start of the regular season to the opening of camp.

As to Cook, this means that his shot at unrestricted free agency (or the franchise tag) in 2021 will be delayed by a year, if he fails to report for the start of training camp. The Vikings would instead be able to retain his rights for 2021 with a restricted free agency tender.

Players in the past have held out without worrying about losing a year of credit toward free agency. Most recently, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ignored the 30-day deadline. But Elliott had two years to go before free agency. Cook is one season away.

But if Cook has determined that he’s not showing up until he gets a second contract that he deems to be appropriate, the niceties of the free agency rules don’t matter. Like Elliot last year, Cook wants his contract now, while he still has plenty of tread on the tires and multiple productive years left.

21 responses to “New CBA complicates Dalvin Cook’s planned holdout

  1. Remember, number of years remaining is not the reason a holdout would be an issue for Cook. It’s the fact that he was not a first round pick. Elliott could afford one holdout beyond the point of receiving credit towards free agency because Dallas had contract control for a fifth year…meaning that Elliott would have the needed four years of service towards free agency after the end of his five years of rookie contract control.

  2. It’d be one thing if there was a long list of guys who had recently scored major wins by holding out but did Cook totally miss what went down with guys like LeVeon Bell and Melvin Gordon?

  3. You would think the delicate nature of his health would complicate things more than anything.
    Anyways, good luck with all this Viking fan.

  4. Cook, go ahead and holdout. Good luck with that.
    Ask Melvin Gordon how well that worked out for him.
    Cook is a RB, and he knows that the value of that position is declining. I get it.
    But he should take what he can get because with his degree is education, he could be a HS teacher, which averages 61k per year.

  5. Minnesota is the envy of the league with all that talent. While I’d hate to see the best running back in the league (sorry Cowboy fans – lol) go, they will do fine if he doesn’t play. With the talent they have at qb, wr and with the playmakers they picked up in the draft, who will no doubt make an immediate impact, they’re set on offense even without him. And the d will still be the best of the best. Getting Cook back would just be the “icing on the cake”.

  6. An effective run game is critical to Cousins – he is very good off of play action (top five QB in that mode), but when he loses that, he becomes very average. Losing Cook would hurt and my ignorance of the other running backs makes it so i don’t know how the Queens would do. Maybe they could trade and pick up the over rated AP from Washington!

  7. Men used to honor their contracts. So sick of the spoiled cupcake athlete.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The contract has provisions for what happens when a player holds out. By definition, he is honoring the contract since he would accept the penalties that go along with it. He’s more of a high risk gambler than spoiled cupcake.

  8. You forgot another problem he has with the new CBA. Any fines incurred, CAN NOT BE FORGIVEN. They must be collected. He loses that money, forever. It will add up really friggin’ quick. $50,000 a day. 20 days is a cool million.

  9. Cook needs to wake up, he has missed so many games that he’s not worth top 3 money, maybe top 10 but he should prove that he’s durable.

    To people griping about spoiled athletes & them honoring contracts, what do you say when the team releases players with YEARS remaining on their contract???

  10. I thought those new rules didn’t apply to rookie contracts. That’s what was reported, has it changed?

  11. The only leverage Cook has is holding out. He has to at least say that he’s holding out even if he doesn’t intend to miss any of training camp. He gains nothing by saying he’ll show up no matter what. This is just checking a box in the negotiation process.

  12. The Vikings knew he was a self-important malcontent before they drafted him. You make your bed, you sleep in it.

  13. ThenCameBronson says:
    June 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Minnesota is the envy of the league with all that talent. While I’d hate to see the best running back in the league (sorry Cowboy fans – lol) go, they will do fine if he doesn’t play. With the talent they have at qb, wr and with the playmakers they picked up in the draft, who will no doubt make an immediate impact, they’re set on offense even without him. And the d will still be the best of the best. Getting Cook back would just be the “icing on the cake”.

    Best running back in the league? You must be kidding!

    If you compare only the last 2 seasons from Cook and McCaffrey, since Cook missed 12 games his rookie year, McCaffrey blows him away across the board, and it’s not close…even with a vastly inferior supporting cast.

    Cook:
    457 carries, 2,104 yards, 4.60 ypc, 17 TD
    104 receptions, 914 yards, 2 TD

    McCaffrey:
    623 carries, 2,920 yards, 4.69 ypc, 24 TD
    303 receeptions, 2,523 yards, 15 TD

  14. With the talent they have at qb, wr …. they’re set on offense even without him.

    ++++++

    Talent at wr? Didn’t this organization employ Laquon Treadwell (after cutting him) and Josh Doctson much of last season? (before trading Diggs).

    Maybe the original post was fake-fan sarcasm. Maybe.

  15. He’s missed 19 games in 3yrs and 11 games his first year and he’s getting $1.33mil this season so
    Option #1) give him a bump to $2-$2.5mil and make him play out his 4th year and then talk after the season or

    Option #2) there’s the door!

    If I’m the GM there’s no way a guy that’s missed 19 of 48 games is shaking me down for a big/huge $$$ long term contract!

  16. BTW If he holds out for 27 days and Cook doesn’t get paid at all, not a penny, call his bluff especially with another good young RB on the roster who looked good in the limited snaps he had! No sense in paying a guy who’s missed 19 games already big $$$$$.

    And I read elsewhere he’s asking for just under $15mil/yr HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA, almost $15mil/yr, SORRY I COULDN’T QUIT LAUGHING!

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