Egan, Min. – Dalvin Cook’s grip is effectively over.
A league source told ESPN that the Minnesota Vikings showed up Tuesday at the TCO Performance Center, the team’s mandatory reporting date for veteran players. Sources said Cook is expected to attend the virtual meetings on Tuesday afternoon.
Reporting on time, Cook would not lose credit for the 2020 season, which would have made him a restricted free agent in 2021 instead of an unrestricted free agent.
The running backs’ camp announced in June that Cook would stay out of all team activities until he received a contract extension in the final year of his rogue contract. According to several sources, the Vikings’ coaches and staff were under the impression that Cook was always planning to show the mandatory reporting date.
Over the weekend, Vikings coach Mike Jimmer told reporters that he expected Cook to report on Tuesday and cited the race as telling of his intentions. Cook’s agent Zac Hiller told ESPN, denying Koch’s comments that Cook “has not spoken to.” [Zimmer] In relation to reporting for the camp. We are unsure why this was said. I hope the Vikings can play a leading role in future success. “
On Monday, Zimmer announced on Vikings radio affiliate KFAN that Cook would be a captain for the 2020 season.
Cook is set to make $ 1.3 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Minnesota also learned on Tuesday that recent defensive lineman Michael Pearce opted for the 2020 season due to respiratory concerns during the coronovirus epidemic. Pierce, 27, signed a three-year, $ 27 million contract with the Vikings in March and was expected to replace Lynchle Joseph at a lower price.
“If I get caught [the coronavirus], I’ll probably be in some real trouble, “Pierce, who suffers from asthma, told Pioneer Press.” If I was getting sick, at any time you are talking about a fatal disease or ending up in a hospital for months. Not really a good decision. “
The $ 3 million base salary Pierce was scheduled to make during his first year in Minnesota will now be his salary for 2021. Because he falls into the high-risk category, he will get a $ 350,000 stipend out of the season.
“It’s not about the money,” Pierce said. “If I were a normal human being with normal functioning respiratory system, I would get out of there randomly. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s the one thing I’m struggling with and will keep me going for the rest of my life. Have to deal with. ” , Hopefully we’ll get a vaccine or something where I can return this spring. But as of now, this is not possible. “