It is a five-year contract extension, valued at $ 62.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Scare.
The deal, which includes a $ 15.5 signed bonus and $ 28.2 million in guaranteed money, with Tennessee Derrick Henry, the fifth-highest paid running back in the NFL, with an average salary of $ 12.5 million per year.
The 25-year-old became the latest running back to sign an extension before the 2020 season, including Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon, who last week for a 4-year, $ 48 million ($ 10 million guaranteed) extension and Kareem Hunt Included. Who signed a 2-year, $ 13.25 million extension with Cleveland. Moments after Cook’s deal was announced, the Saints closed Alvin Kamara for a 5-year extension to the tune of $ 77.13 million.
Cook’s deal came just hours before the Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers in their season opener at US Bank Stadium. The running back, who was drafted by Minnesota in the second round in 2017, was set to play the final year of his rookie deal, where he would have earned $ 1.3 million.
At the start of training camp, Cook said he hoped to achieve a “fair” deal, which would highlight his value for the franchise on and off the field and dispel the notion that he planned to hold out was making. Even without expansion, the Vikings throughout the camp continue to adapt to all of the padded practices. Negotiations between Cook’s representation and the Vikings failed on 19 August following an agreement between the two sides. Eleven days later, the Vikings engaged in a trade with Jacksonville for Yannick Ngakoue, who signed a $ 12 million deal a year after the defensive end earlier this year.
Cook’s agent and the Vikings were negotiated a few days before the season’s opener and signed a last-minute deal to keep him in Minnesota during the 2025 season.
Cook was one of the league’s most productive running backs last season, recording the second-most yards from scrimmage per game and leading the NFL with 11.3 yards per catch, 40.6 percent of carries per reception Recorded the first time on target, which was the third highest mark of any race with at least 30 goals according to ESPN stats and information.
Cook has now become a long-term fixture in Minnesota’s offense, where he took 38.1 percent of his team from scratch in 2019, the ninth-most by any player in the NFL.
“This is where I want to live,” Cook said at the beginning of camp. “This is what I like to do. If I wasn’t coming then whatever speculation (or) questions came up, I was going to stay here. I was going to be ready to work here.” All of the offshin is due to my position of hitting the weights, hitting the field, getting better at my craft and getting ready to play this year. ”