Mike Zimmer: Dalvin Cook will be a captain this year

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At a time when the Vikings don’t want to break the bank for running back Dalvin Cook, they’re apparently planning to treat him a like a bank employee: In lieu of more money, he’ll be named a Vice President.

Appearing Monday on KFAN with Paul Allen, coach Mike Zimmer said that Cook will have a specific designation for 2020. “I’m gonna make him a captain because of the things that he represents here and the way he’s gone about his business and works,” Zimmer told Allen.

Zimmer’s remarks echo the sentiment expressed by G.M. Rick Spielman during a post-draft visit to the #PFTPM podcast.

“We believe in paying our own players,” Spielman said. “Those are the guys that we develop, we know them the best, we know where they are from a work ethic standpoint, we know what type of players they are, but we also know how much they mean to our community and how involved they are. And Dalvin checks all those boxes. He is a very good football player, but he is even a better human being. So we take the whole picture in and how philosophy and history has been, develop them, and hopefully we are drafting well enough we have to give long-term extensions to guys that have come in and helped us win ball games and fit everything we are looking for and build our culture.”

Zimmer is indeed rooting for Cook to get his money, preferably from the Vikings.

“I hope he gets as much as he can, but I also hope he’s playing for us,” Zimmer said. “He is under contract with us, so we’ll see where that all goes. But I love the kid myself, and he’s a terrific football player, but he’s been a great asset to our team and our locker room as well.”

Cook will make $1.331 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie contract. Once reports for training camp, it will become difficult if not impossible for him to leave.

Unless he exercises his prerogative to opt out for 2020. He has until Monday to make that decision.

21 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Dalvin Cook will be a captain this year

  1. I wonder if the Vikings have ever put all their eggs in one running back basket before? It sounds vaguely familiar.

  2. He’s a great running back until a plays a decent front seven. Vikings missed their window, 3rd place finish this year at best.

  3. Contract negotiations? Meh. Coronavirus protections and/or opt-out? We’ll see.

    Purple ribbon? BINGO!

  4. A gold star and smiley face for Dalvin, how can he resist?
    What’s next, another “Beat Green Bay” t-shirt? 🤣

  5. “We believe in paying our own players,” Spielman said. “Those are the guys that we develop, we know them the best, we know where they are from a work ethic standpoint, we know what type of players they are,

    +++++

    Xavier Rhodes, Stefon Diggs. Nuff said.

  6. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Top running backs need to get paid

    +++++

    Paying him compliments isn’t what he’s looking for. Not from Spielman, Zimmer, or you.

  7. Carrot on a stick. Get him in camp. Start negotiations. Keep saying to the media that “We’re getting close to a deal.” Season starts & there’s no deal yet. Make him a captain so he doesn’t walk out on the team. Season ends with no new deal. Brilliant!

  8. Savvy move by Zimmer to counter Cook’s agent, who seems to be hinting at a holdout.

  9. Yes, what a brilliant move by Zim, offering Cook the same prestigious honor bestowed upon high school seniors everywhere that play football.
    Personally, I don’t think Dalvin will fall for the old banana in the tailpipe, but I could be wrong.

  10. Gee, I suppose Zimmer is lying about this one too huh?

    Cook is in a tough spot with the cap reduction and lower RB value. The Vikes sound drafting has created little cap room, which is a pleasant problem. Unlike some teams that draft lousy, rely upon a HOF QB to cover the mistakes, and then support him by drafting a QB they don’t need and a back-up RB they don’t need and ignoring the best class of WRs in the history of the NFL draft. But yeah, the Vikes are the ones with management issues.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    Top running backs need to get paid

    ——————————

    I agree. And when Cook an average more than 10 games played per season, he might be considered a top RB.

  12. packerlies says:
    July 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    “We believe in paying our own players,” Spielman said. “Those are the guys that we develop, we know them the best, we know where they are from a work ethic standpoint, we know what type of players they are,

    +++++

    Xavier Rhodes, Stefon Diggs. Nuff said.
    _________

    Both of those players got lucrative second contracts from the Vikings. Are you criticizing the Vikings for not keeping them around when they were no longer worth the money? That’s what good organizations do.

  13. purpleguy says:
    July 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Gee, I suppose Zimmer is lying about this one too huh?

    Cook is in a tough spot with the cap reduction and lower RB value. The Vikes sound drafting has created little cap room, which is a pleasant problem. Unlike some teams that draft lousy, rely upon a HOF QB to cover the mistakes, and then support him by drafting a QB they don’t need and a back-up RB they don’t need and ignoring the best class of WRs in the history of the NFL draft. But yeah, the Vikes are the ones with management issues.
    _________

    I don’t know, one team went 13-3 (6-0 NFC North) 6-2 against teams with a .500 or better record.

    The other went 10-6 (2-4 NFC North) 2-6 against teams with a .500 or better record.

    You tell me which team is being managed better and why.
    I’ll wait.

  14. Both of those players got lucrative second contracts from the Vikings. Are you criticizing the Vikings for not keeping them around when they were no longer worth the money?

    ++++++

    Nope.

    I am criticizing the Vikings for signing “the ones they knew the best, from a work ethic standpoint” to lucrative second contracts and then having to rid themselves of those players while incurring significant cap hits. Because, you know, misevaluation.

  15. Just move the decimal point over one, to the right, on this year’s salary, and he should be good to go.

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