Dalvin Cook’s agent disputes Mike Zimmer’s claim that Cook will show up for training camp

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook told coach Mike Zimmer that Cook will be at training camp. Unless he didn’t.

Agent Zac Hiller provided this statement to Adam Schefter of ESPN: “First, congrats to Coach Zimmer on his well-earned extension. However, Dalvin has not spoken to him in regards to reporting to camp. We are unsure why this was said. I hope Dalvin can continue to play a major role in the Vikings future success.”

I was told he would be” present for the start of camp, Zimmer said Saturday. Zimmer then made it clear that he received the message from Cook himself.

If Cook doesn’t report on July 28, he’ll be subject to $50,000 per day in fines. He’ll also instantly lose a year of credit toward free agency.

More importantly, the Vikings have Alexander Mattison, and they run an offense that is conducive to tailbacks racking up significant yardage. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak ran the same offense in Denver, when the Broncos had four different 1,000-yard rushers in a five-year span, from 1998 through 2002: Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, and Clinton Portis. (Two years later, Reuben Droughns rushed for 1,240 in the same system. Two years after that, Tatum Bell rushed for 1,025.)

Besides, calling out a head coach with a fresh coat of job security may not be the best way to navigate the situation. So if Cook does’t show up, the train will keep rolling, with Mattison in the lead car.

19 responses to “Dalvin Cook’s agent disputes Mike Zimmer’s claim that Cook will show up for training camp

  1. So either Mike Zimmer or Dalvin Cook is a liar. Zimmer is the one with the new contract. He has more leeway to say all kinds things that may or not be true.

  2. This is really a head-scratching move by Cook. Mattison isn’t as good but that system churns out 1,200 yard rushers like nothing, as noted. And Mattison may prove more durable. Hope he reports, and something is worked out by Week 1. May be tough though with the Vikes cap situation.

  3. Couldn’t Cook unofficially use the opt-out to pressure the Vikings into giving him a better contract?

  4. If Cook did tell Zimmer he’d show up Zim should have kept quite and just trusted that Dalvin would be there. It weakens what little leverage Cook had in his contract negotiations.

  5. Mack Carrington, not necessarily; Most likely Dalvin told Zimmer he’d be there, and his agent found out about it and said “D’oh! Dalvin, you’re ruining all of our leverage here, baby!” And the AGENT denied Dalvin said anything – so HE’S the liar, not Zimmer or Cook.

  6. I’m still glad I don’t have to make these decisions but I’ve been kind of pondering on it since the other piece posted.

    I’d still lean heavily on the training staff but if they couldn’t give Cook a really strong vote of confidence I think I’d have to let him go and roll with Mattison.

    If ya let Cook go and he goes on to have a great career elsewhere, yeah, ya missed and plenty of fans will call you an idiot and call for your job and want your head on a pike. But at the end of the day, he’d just be “one that got away.” It happens.

    On the other side of that coin, if ya pay him big money for 5 or 6 years and he spends half as much time on the bench injured as he spends in the games, it could be really ugly.

  7. Andrew Christian says:
    July 25, 2020 at 9:42 pm
    Couldn’t Cook unofficially use the opt-out to pressure the Vikings into giving him a better contract?
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    The opt-out is final…if he chose that route he would have to sit out the whole season and his contract would toll to next year and he’d be right back where he is now. He most likely told Zimmer he’d be there and the agent is just trying to salvage some leverage…which is kind of pointless considering the language in the CBA regarding holdouts…

  8. Zimmer will never win a Super Bowl because he (a) consistently throws players under the bus and (b) refuses to admit when he’s wrong.

    Because of that, he’ll never have a unified team behind him and he’ll never learn from his mistakes.

  9. There isn’t any way Dalvin “1 year” Cook is getting a big, long term contract before he proves he can do it more than once in 4yrs, if he sits out we’ll see a repeat of the Gordon/Chargers situtation all over again and the Vikes will send him down the road. If a player sits out he just proves that he isn’t a team player, he a “ME, ME, ME” player and most teams are getting away from those types, can’t built a team around a “ME, ME, ME guy!

  10. Zim is many things but a liar is not one of them. My guess is Dalvin made some vague comment as to him being there and Zim took it as “I’ll be there, coach”. I can also imagine it may not be very easy to directly tell a coach like Zim that he’s going to hold out.

  11. Zimmer would not be lying, so either Cook or the agent is. If it’s Cook, trade him as soon as offered a good trade. If it’s the agent, I would hope Cook fires him. My guess is the agent is unhappy Zimmer made this public.

  12. Sounds like holding out carries a severe penalty with the new CBA. I wouldn’t expect to see much (if any) of that anymore.

  13. Dump this agent. Seems like a dude trying to get a payday for himself- not at the best interest of his client. Seems like the guy has handled this situation wrong from the start.

  14. Tom Pelissaro reports that Dalvin Cook spoke to Vikings RB coach Kennedy Polamalu and told him he would be at training camp. Polamalu in turn reported that to Mike Zimmer.

    Bottom line: Dalvin Cook will report to training camp, and Cook’s agent is being a dink.

  15. johnthorpe says:
    July 25, 2020 at 10:05 pm
    Zimmer will never win a Super Bowl because he (a) consistently throws players under the bus and (b) refuses to admit when he’s wrong.

    Because of that, he’ll never have a unified team behind him and he’ll never learn from his mistakes.

    ——————–

    Most ill-informed comment about Mike Zimmer I’ve ever seen.

  16. While the Vikings do have Mattison, I don’t think he can replace Dalvin Cook. Mattison isn’t in Cook’s league.

  17. Translation:
    Zimmer has no reason to lie since he doesn’t control if Cook comes in.
    Cook has been known to be a good teammate and probably told Zimmer he would be there either way, as to keep a good relationship with coach.
    Cook’s agent is trying to break the bank and looking for all the leverage he can muster to speed up negotiations.

    Result: Sign a fair deal for both sides that represent Cook as one of the best backs in the game, but takes into account his injury history has made his availability limited. Translation: Incentive-laden deal that doesn’t break the bank but gets him paid as a top back if he produces and stays healthy.

  18. This is a case of a young guy being respectful to his coach and then his agent trying to back pedal amidst contract negotiations. Cook has zero leverage. Sure, he’s dynamic and the team wants him badly, but he’s also fragile and plays running back. We all saw what happened with Gordon last year. Cook will be at camp.

  19. Dalvin Cook is a great talent when healthy. But IIRC he has a bad shoulder from college days. He’s got maybe 20 decent games left in his career. With Kubiac, maybe 40. But nothing worth a long term deal. Easily replaceable in that running game.

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