The Minnesota Vikings and Dalvin Cook have ended a months-long stalemate. The Vikings and Dalvin Cook have agreed to extend his contract, reportedly for 5 years, $63 million. Courtney Cronin reports that there is a $15.5 million signing bonus and $28.2 million in guaranteed money.
This is a sensible balance that works well for both sides. Cook, who is twenty-five, is now under contract for six more years. If he can stay healthy (which is no guarantee), then the Vikings will get the entirety of Cook’s prime. In a corresponding move, as Adam Shefter notes, the Vikings converted $6 million of Eric Kendricks‘s contract to a signing bonus. The result is more in cap space for the upcoming season.
By agreeing to extend Dalvin Cook, the Vikings once again demonstrate their ability to navigate the salary cap with aplomb. Cook’s annual average comes in below several running backs, including the recently signed Alvin Kamara. The key, of course, rests in the finer details of the deal. In the coming days, we’ll know more about the precise details surrounding the guaranteed money.
In other news, the Vikings have promoted Hardy Nickerson and Nate Meadors from the practice squad. The Vikings now have a third safety. It’s unclear at this stage who Nickerson is replacing. Chris Tomasson suggests that it may be the recently-acquired Ryan Connelly, which certainly makes sense.
Vikings football returns tomorrow and Cook has a fresh contract. It’s time to get excited.