One of the biggest narratives circulating the Minnesota Vikings this offseason was whether or not they were going to pay Dalvin Cook. The star running back reported to training camp on time despite not having a new deal and it has now worked out in his favor.
Adam Schefter reported Saturday morning that the Vikings have agreed to a five-year extension for $62.5 million. His extension now ties him to Minnesota for the next six seasons.
Cook was the most productive player for the Vikings offense last season. He rushed for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns while being the team’s second leading receiver with 53 catches and 519 yards.
The style of offense that Gary Kubiak runs fits Cook’s playing style to a tee. Not only does it do a great job getting running backs out in space, but it opens the play-action game for Kirk Cousins as well. It truly utilizes the three down back and utilizes Cook in the passing game frequently.
Over the three years Cook has been in the NFL he has battled some sort of injury in all three seasons. The Vikings got a glimpse of how good he can be when he gets close to a full season, as he only played in 14 games in 2019.
Injury concerns are always going to be there for running backs, but it’s clear that Cook makes the Vikings a better team when he’s on the field. The Vikings now have one of the most important pieces to the offense locked up one day before they take on the Green Bay Packers to open the 2020 season.