Concerning news, to say the least. Look, I support fair wages for fair work. Dalvin Cook turned in a dynamite campaign last year and he deserves to be recognized for it. He made his first Pro Bowl appearance and finished in the top-10 in attempts, yards, rushing first downs and rushing touchdowns. He also chipped in another 50+ catches out of the backfield on the season and turned in a beauty of a postseason performance as the Vikings upset the Saints in New Orleans (31 touches for 130 total yards, 2 TDs). He's a fine player.
HOWEVER, he's not asking to be paid like a "fine player". It sounds like he's being asked to be paid like a Christian McCaffrey type player.
McCaffrey got a four-year extension worth $64 million dollars, $30 million guaranteed at signing in April. I want two things on the record.
- McCaffrey is better at football than Dalvin Cook. I will give everyone a minute to catch their collective breaths.
- I wouldn't have paid McCaffrey either.
We've seen time and time again that paying running backs tends to end poorly. Hopefully, McCaffrey can buck that trend because he's a joy to watch. The same goes for Cook, so I'm not saying that he shouldn't be paid. I'm just saying that I wouldn't pay him. Not legal tender at least. But here are a number of things I'd be happy to pay Dalvin Cook:
- A visit, to help him pack up his things in Minnesota.
- My condolences, as moving to a new city during a pandemic can't be fun.
- A compliment, on the tremendous season he had last year.
- My respects, as he will be missed as a Viking.
- Zero mind, as he tries to shake me down for a new contract.
- It forward, as I'll gladly put in a good word to other GM's interesting in signing him.
- Monopoly money
To be fair, here are a couple of things I just would not feel comfortable paying Dalvin Cook:
- Money (Fiat or commodity)
- the Paraguayan guarani
I hope this clarifies any prior miscommunication on the matter. Best of luck, Dalvin!