EAGAN, Minnesota – The Vikings from Minnesota have signed a contract with Dalwin Cook for a multi-year deal, the team announced on Saturday.
This is a five-year contract extension worth $ 62.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal, which includes a $ 15.5 sign-up bonus and $ 28.2 million in guaranteed money, links Cook to Tennessee’s Derrick Henry for the fifth-highest-paid return to the NFL with an average salary of $ 12.5 million a year.
The 25-year-old became the last player to sign an extension before the 2020 season, joining Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon, who gave a four-year extension of $ 48 million ($ 10 million guaranteed) last week, and Karim Hunt, who signed a two-year extension. $ 1
The deal was struck just hours before the Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers at the opening of the season at a US Bank stadium. The fugitive, who was drafted from Minnesota in the second round in 2017, had to play the final year of his rookie deal, where he would earn $ 1.3 million.
At the start of the training camp, Cook said he hoped to win a “reasonable” deal that would emphasize his value to the franchise on and off the field and dispelled the idea that he planned to survive. Even without an extension, running backwards was suitable for all the padded Viking practices throughout the camp. Negotiations between Cook’s representation and the Vikings took place on August 19 after the two sides failed to reach a deal. Eleven days later, the Vikings began trading with Jacksonville for Yannick Ngakue, with whom the team negotiated a one-year deal worth $ 12 million after the defensive end was franchised earlier this year.
Talks between Cook’s agent and the Vikings began days before the season opened and led to the signing of a last-minute deal to keep him in Minnesota for the 2025 season.
Cook was one of the league’s most productive starters last season, scoring the second most points since a brawl and leading the NFL by 11.3 yards after a catch, while recording his first 40.6 percent rebound. which was the third highest score of any backstroke with at least 30 goals, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Cook is now becoming a long-term player in the Minnesota attack, where he took 38.1% of his team’s touches since the fight in 2019, which is the ninth highest of any player in the NFL.
“I want to be here,” Cook said at the start of the camp. “That’s what I like to do. I would be here, no matter what speculations (or) came up or (questions) if I didn’t come. I would be ready to work here. I was grinding all the off-season hitting weights, hitting the pitch. , improving my craft and my position to prepare to play this year. “