Cronin reports Minnesota’s initial offers have been below $10 million a year, which Cook’s camp does not view as “reasonable.”
He’s begun holding out from team activities and says he will not report back unless Minnesota offers him a “reasonable extension.” Sources reiterated to Cronin that Cook absolutely will not play for the Vikings in 2020 without a new deal.
Cronin updated her previous report, saying Cook’s camp has come down slightly from its request for north of the $16 million per year Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is making in his record deal. The Vikings didn’t want to be anywhere in that ballpark.
The Athletic’s Chad Graff writes that so far Cook has been asking for a salary that would put him in the top three at his position. Based on what’s been reported, $13 million per year would be close to the middle from where both sides started.
Both Cronin and Graff also mention the Vikings have historically finalized extensions right before the start of training camp, so there is still plenty of time for the two sides to avoid an extended, messy holdout.
Cook, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2017. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $6.35 million contract and set to make a base salary of $1.13 million for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Cook has appeared in 14 games for the Vikings and rushed for 1,135 yards on 250 carries (4.5 YPC) with 13 touchdowns to go along with 53 receptions for 519 yards receiving.
We’ll have more regarding Cook and the Vikings as the news is available.