Dalvin Cook Pens Massive Five-Year Extension With Minnesota Vikings

Published 09/13/2020, 1:02 PM EDT
Aug 16, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) catches a pass during practice at TCO Performance Center Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


Minnesota Vikings fans can breathe a sigh of relief now as their star running back, Dalvin Cook, finally agreed on a long-term extension. Cook’s new deal will see him in Minnesota until 2025.

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The 25-year-old has been with the Vikings since 2017. He was looking to enter the final year of his rookie contract next season. But the Minnesota-based franchise moved quickly to tie him down to a long-term deal before their campaign kicked into gear on Sunday.

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Minnesota Vikings finally get star running back Dalvin Cook to sign extension

Cook and the Vikings agreed on a five-year, $63 million extension as reported by league insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero via NFL Network.

The phenomenal running back will receive $28 million in guarantees along with a $15.5 million signing bonus, which is the highest for a non-quarterback in Vikings’ history.

Cook was phenomenal for the Vikings in 2019. He registered 1,135 rushing yards, 519 receiving yards, and 13 total touchdowns and also made his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Here’s what Cook said prior to signing his new deal a couple of weeks ago.

“The things I do coming out of the backfield, the things I do in between the tackles, I block, I pretty much do it all. I don’t have to come off the field. I think some guys just don’t do as much as I do, and I think that’s why I’m today’s (top) back.

“I definitely love Minnesota. I love everything the state has to bring. Being a kid, (when) I was drafted, so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I actually am happy where I’m at, and I would like to be in Minnesota long term,” Cook said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

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Kirk Cousins-led Vikings start their 2020 campaign with a tough clash against Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers. Both teams are favorites to win the NFC North Divisional title this season.

Coach Mike Zimmer will look to pull off an upset at the US Bank Stadium when they play the Packers on Sunday. Let’s see if Cook can celebrate his new deal with a win in Week One of the 2020 NFL season.

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