Dalvin Cook is an essential offensive piece for the Minnesota Vikings, but they're playing a dangerous game with his salary that the stud running back clearly wants no part of.
Adam Schefter reports that Cook will not be participating in any team-related activities until the Vikings give him a reasonable extension to his contract. There's no telling how much he'll miss, but it seems like a safe bet that he'll be out for training camp unless he gets paid.
With Stefon Diggs heading to the Buffalo Bills, Cook should be quarterback Kirk Cousins' go-to guy on offense. Cook has the potential to be an MVP contender this season, but that all goes away if he isn't on the field.
The Vikings have way more to lose than Cook does if he doesn't play this season. He was a Pro Bowl selection last season and he was ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for rushing yards, rushing yards per game, and number of touchdowns. If he's missing from the lineup, there is a massive hole and there isn't another player in Minnesota who can fill it.
The Vikings need to get their affairs in order ASAP or else their big plans for 2020 are pretty much unsalvageable. Cook is worth pushing the salary cap for, and we hope they see that, because we really want to see him shine this season.