As the Vikings progress through off season work, Dalvin Cook continues to draw impressive reviews. And on Wednesday afternoon, they signed the former Nole star running back to his rookie deal.
While the details were not intially known, Cook was slated to receive $6.35 million as the 41st pick in the second round and an expected, $2.76 million signing bonus.
Obviously, this deal is not anywhere near what he could have received had he gone in the top 10 of the draft, much less the top five as the Jags Leonard Fournette did. Fournette obviously cashed in to the tune of $24 mllion+ guaranteed over the life of his four year initial deal.
Back to Cook, it’s no secret that he is highly motivated to silence his draft time critics and prove to numerous teams that passed him over in the opening round that they made a mistake. He will also be in a battle with free agent signee Latavius Murray from the Raiders for playing time. Murray will be more of a “between the tackles” ball carrier for the Vikings, as they try to replace Adrian Peterson.
Meanwhile, Cook is much more explosive, including with being able to catch the ball and make things happen out of the backfield. His signing means that Minnesota has inked all 11 of their draft picks with their OTAs getting underway on Tuesday.
The Vikings didn’t have a first round pick after the Sam Bradford trade last August with Philadelphia. So, that meant that Cook was their first selection of the class and that will be another reason he will be heavily scrutinized for the upcoming season. This, after plenty of concern with Cook’s off field issues at FSU and concerns about previous gang ties in his youth in Miami.
Well, now, despite all of that criticism, FSU’s all time leading rusher is also officially an NFL millionaire.