MINNEAPOLIS – Dalwin Cook’s agent said the Minnesota Vikings, who are going back, have not spoken to coach Mike Zimmer about reporting the camp and ending his participation, despite what Zimmer said during a press conference earlier Saturday.
In a conference call on Zimmer’s three-year extension this week, the Viking coach said running back told him he would attend a training camp on Tuesday when veterans were ready to report.
But Cook’s agent, Zack Hiller, said the conversation did not take place.
“First, congratulations to Coach Zimmer on his well-earned expansion,” Hiller told Adam Shefter of ESPN. “However, Dalvin has not spoken to him about signaling a camp. We are not sure why this was said. I hope Dalvin will continue to play an important role in the future success of the Vikings.”
Cook is due to make $ 1.3 million in 2020. In June, the returnee’s camp announced that Cook would hold out until he received a “reasonable” contract extension. A new deal has not yet been reached for the recall.
The new language in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement will prevent Cook from announcing the date or the grace period given to players at the start of the camp. According to the CBA, Cook will not receive an accrued season for a free agency if he does not show up at camp on time and will become a free agent with limited access.
Cook’s 1,654 yards from scrum last season were ninth in the NFL.