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The Minnesota Vikings Have a Huge Problem on Their Hands

The Minnesota Vikings have become one of the better teams in the NFL over the last several seasons. The front office has put together a talented roster that has kept them the hunt to make a run toward the Super Bowl. However, the franchise could have their hands full with a troublesome contract situation involving one of their star players.

Vikings eyeing huge 2020 season

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In the last few seasons, the Vikings took a progressive step toward being one of the better teams in the league.

Minnesota has experienced much success in the last three seasons that includes a pair of playoff appearances with an NFC North division title and triple to the NFC Championship game. Under head coach Mike Zimmer, the franchise has garnered three playoff appearances in six seasons.

The Vikings are coming off a solid campaign, where they finished with double-digit wins despite some offensive struggles. Quarterback Kirk Cousins bounced back as he earned his second Pro Bowl selection with 26 touchdown passes to six interceptions with a career-best 107.4 passer rating and 3,603 passing yards.

Running back Dalvin Cook pushed forward to break through for his best season as he posted 1,135 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns as well as 53 catches for 519 receiving yards in 14 games despite dealing with nagging injuries. With that in mind, it has put Cook’s contractual status with the Vikings at the central focus.

Dalvin Cook may hold out for new Vikings contract

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Through Dalvin Cook’s first two seasons, he struggled to break through the mold due to nagging injuries.

Cook saw his rookie campaign come to a close after only four games due to an ACL injury while his second year was affected heavily by a hamstring ailment. The 24-year-old broke through in his third to finish among the top rushers that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection. It also put him in line to receive a lucrative contract extension as he enters the final year of his four-year rookie contract.

The chatter around the situation has lingered on through the offseason with the possibility of a holdout. Head coach Mike Zimmer chimed in, stating that Cook told running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu that he plans to report to training camp. Meanwhile, the Pro Bowler’s agent quickly disputed that notion.

That sets the table for what could be a rough situation that may see Cook choose to hold out the 2020 season to garner a long-term deal. The cards are on the table for the Vikings to give their star running back a deal that will keep in tow for the long haul.

A huge deal coming soon?

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Although there are conflicting reports between the Vikings and Cook’s agent, it’s quite evident that he wants a lucrative long-term extension.

There hasn’t been any meaningful discussion around a new contract, in which the separation could be the team’s willingness to shell out the type of money the 24-year-old wants. It was reported last month that Cook wants a deal that will surpass the $16 million record-breaking annual salary that Christian McCaffrey earned in his four-year, $64 million extension with the Carolina Panthers.

It’s hard to gauge whether the Vikings will venture anywhere near that financial figure as they could have concerns over his long-term health. Injuries have hampered Cook in each of his first three years, which is a trend that can reasonably continue in his career. Ultimately, it’s on the Vikings to give their star running back a contract offer that makes him feel appreciated.