Running back Dalvin Cook arrived at Minnesota's facility for coronavirus testing as scheduled with the rest of the team's veterans, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not make the reporting process public.
Cook, who has begun the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with a base salary of slightly more than $1.3 million, is seeking a new deal. He backed out of the virtual offseason program last month after negotiations stalled.
Whether Cook will choose to take part in practice without a contract extension is unknown. With the first on-field workout not until Aug. 12, there's time for the team and his camp to come to an agreement. Simply showing up on Tuesday was critical for Cook, regardless of what his feelings might be about how the front office is approaching his status and value. According to the new collective bargaining agreement, Cook would have been subject to a maximum $50,000 fine per daily absence and forfeited a season of accrual toward unrestricted free agency had he held out.