Vikings re-sign Dalvin Cook through the 2025 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Vikings are taking a huge gamble. But with this extension, they are showing the world that they think it is worth it.

The Vikings have re-signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year extension. He was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers
Dalvin Cook runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by the Associated Press/Kelvin Kuo)

He could earn up to $63 million. Cook will receive $28 million in guaranteed money.

In addition, he is receiving $15.5 million in a signing bonus.

Cook is slated to make $1.3 million for the 2020 season. Then, when his extension kicks in for the 2021 season, he will make an average of $12.6 million.

In August, Cook broke off contract talks, as the two sides were not able to come up with a deal. However, nearly a month later, the deal is done.

The $12.6 million average will make him the sixth highest paid running back in the league. He actually has a higher average than Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry in his new deal.

He’s receiving $2.8 million annually less than New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who also signed his extension on Saturday. Kamara received a five-year deal that could pay the talented running back up to $75 million.

Cook was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has played the last three seasons for the franchise.

The Miami, Florida native appeared in 14 games, including 14 starts, in 2019. He had 250 carries for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He also had 53 receptions for 519 yards.

The problem with Cook is that he’s injury prone. He has missed seven games over the last two seasons due to injuries.

As a rookie, he also missed 12 games after tearing his ACL.

In his three-year career, he has appeared in 29 games, including 28 starts. He has had 457 carries for 2,104 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Cook has also had 104 receptions for 914 yards and two touchdowns.

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