Vikings: 3 concerns with giving Dalvin Cook a big contract extension

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After having a career year in 2019, Dalvin Cook is now the latest Pro Bowl running back to ask for a new contract. He reportedly felt ‘disrespected’ by the Minnesota Vikings most recent offer. According to multiple sources, the deal would’ve seen Cooks make approximately $8 million per season, the same annual salary as Melvin Gordon.

Most reports suggest Cook isn’t looking for Christian McCaffrey or Ezekiel Elliot money, but rather something similar to David Johnson’s contract, $13 million per year.

There’s no denying that Cook is a great running back. He had over 1,500 all-purpose yards and found the end zone 13 times last season, earning himself a Pro Bowl nod in the process. But, there’s no reason for him to feel ‘disrespected’ by a contract that would make him one of the top-10 highest paid backs in the league.

His numbers are solid, but his overall value to the Vikings offense just doesn’t warrant that kind of investment. Here are three concerns the Vikings should thoroughly evaluate before handing Cook a monster deal.