Dalvin Cook and Minnesota Vikings Pause on New Contract
Sources are reporting that talks between Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings stopped on Tuesday.
Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network is reporting that negotiation on a new contract "broke off" on Tuesday. He points out that it doesn't mean they won't resume again at some point, but for now, it seems as if the team and Cook are focused on week 1 of the NFL season.
If a deal isn't done, the Vikings could choose to put the franchise tag on Cook which would mean that Cook would remain a Viking and be paid a salary equal to an average of the top 5 running backs in the NFL. Ben Goessling from the Star Tribune reports that Cook is looking to get paid $13 million a season.
Cook is in the final year of his rookie contract and looking to score that big deal after coming off a season where he played 14 games and rushed for 1,135 yards with 13 touchdowns and 519 yards on 53 receptions.
The Vikings and Cook are currently in the middle of training camp getting ready for week 1 vs. the Green Bay Packers with no preseason games this season to 'knock off the rust' and get prepared for the regular season, so the first couple of weeks could be interesting around the NFL.