Vikings Sign RB Dalvin Cook To Five-Year Extension

The Vikings and running back Dalvin Cook have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension, reports Mike Florio of (via Twitter). Tom Pelissero of tweets that the deal is worth $63MM with $28MM in guaranteed money. Pelissero adds that Cook earned a $15.5MM signing bonus, which is the largest for a non-QB in team history.

It was only a few days ago that we heard the two sides were “not close” on a deal. The Vikings had been negotiating with Cook’s camp for some time, and despite the Vikings front office tabling talks back in August, both sides were still focused on completing a deal. Talks never sounded contentious, although Cook did stage a mini holdout earlier this offseason. While it never seemed like Cook was going to sit out, things could have gotten worse if Minny tagged the running back following the 2020 campaign. Now, obviously, that isn’t a concern.

Earlier this year, Cook was reportedly targeting a $15MM/year salary, but it always seemed unlikely the Vikings would come anywhere near that figure. The new deal will pay him around $12.6MM per year, which is a step up on Joe Mixon‘s recent four-year, $48MM deal with the Bengals.

Now 25 years old, Cook has been always been productive when he’s been able to remain on the field. Last year, the former second-round pick posted 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground and added 53 receptions and 519 yards in the passing game. Health has always remained a question mark for Cook, however, and his 14 games in 2019 marked a career-high.

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20 comments on “Vikings Sign RB Dalvin Cook To Five-Year Extension

  1. JJB0811

    Some teams & players just don’t learn. Why sign a used RB for another 5 years, Vikings? And why sign a 5 year deal when salaries raise 10%+ annually, Cook?

    By 2022, he’ll be out fo the top 15 for RB salaries.

    • football4ever

      Agree with you 100%. Plus the fact that he’s ‘injured’ too much. Doesn’t it appear that sometimes he seems to ‘take himself out of games’ after he’s had a couple of big yardage plays, in an effort to avoid injury .?

    • ron swanson

      Cook was very smart to sign this deal, it’s more than he would get if he played this year out and was franchise tagged for the next 2, and gives him some guaranteed money. An injury this year, which seems likely with his history, he would’ve had no leverage.

    • Meatloaf rulz

      In 2 years he will start complaining that he is drastically underpaid and have to go through this all over again

    • RyanO

      Used running back? The guy has had 450 career carries. Cook is a special talent as evidenced by his #21 placement in nfl top 100

      He’s a perfect fit for kubiaks zone running scheme. Add in it’s basically 2 years of guarantees and 20% less per year than CMC so if injuries continue they can get out quick … seems like a good deal to me

    • Technically correct

      That’s why they have Mattison. Still cheap. Balances out for a while.

    • football4ever

      If they had spent all that money on a better-quality offensive line, they wouldn’t need cook; any of their 900 back-up running backs would do well w/a solid line.

  2. Crycket

    You guys know nothing. This was a good deal. There is only 28mil guaranteed, making this basically a 2-yr deal with an opt out. If he shows he continues to be injury prone, they can cut him after 2 years with little cap hit.

    • JJB0811

      Well Mr. Millionare thanks for informing us of the contract details. I’m sure you repped Cook during this contract.

    • Oooof

      How many RBs justify $28 million guaranteed during their second contract? Even if you reduce that to reflect inflation.

  3. nentwigs

    Who is on their way out so the Vikes can afford to pay this contract and remain under the cap?

  4. bradthebluefish

    Good for Cook! Lots of risk for Vikings. I still think the O-Line is they real difference maker. Not the RB. See Steelers post-Bell.

  5. Say What Dawg?

    Career 4.6 ypc, over 1 K yards last season, 13 TDs last season, can hit the big run, can catch the ball well.

    Backs are getting paid. You either had to pay him or risk him sitting out. With blocking, he’s a quality back.

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