- Dalvin Cook finished the 2019 NFL season with 1,135 rushing yards - 10th most in the league.
- The Minnesota Vikings have +2800 odds to win Super Bowl 55.
- The Vikings are favorites to win the NFC North title this season with +150 odds.
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings offseason took a bit of a turn as running back Dalvin Cook told the team he will not report to any team activities until he receives a new contract.
Cook is currently in the last year of his rookie deal and will only cost the Vikings $1.3 million this year.
Pro-Bowl RB Dalvin Cook no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives a “reasonable” deal, a source said Monday.
“He’s out,” a source told ESPN. “Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2020
The former Florida State Seminole ran for 1,135 yards which was the 10th most in the NFL in a season ago. Add in the 13 touchdowns and it’s clear that Cook has played well above his price tag despite his lengthy injury history.
Cook reportedly is looking for a deal that would pay him around what Houston Texans running back David Johnson is making $13m a year.
Without a doubt, Cook is one of the most important pieces on a Minnesota Vikings team that ran the ball 476 times last season.
If Cook’s holdout leaks into the regular season the Vikings will be forced to turn to second-year running back Alexander Mattison. Mattison showed flashes but he won’t be able to replicate the production of Cook.
Minnesota Vikings Futures Odds
The Vikings Super Bowl 55 odds were sitting at +2500 odds before the news of Cook’s holdout.
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Now sitting at +2800, those odds place the Vikings in the middle of the pack to win the Super Bowl.
Sportsbooks feel the same way about the Vikings winning the NFC Championship game sandwiching them between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams at +1400 odds.
Although online sportsbooks are sour on the Vikings winning the Super Bowl or NFC Championship game, they are favored to win the NFC North at +150 odds.
These odds haven’t changed since Cook’s announcement, but those who believe the Vikings and Cook will get a deal done would be wise to take the odds now.
Those who think the Cook holdout ay extend into the season should look at the Packers or another NFC North team.
Minnesota Vikings Week 1 Betting Odds
Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season will see the Minnesota Vikings (+155) hosting their division rival in the Green Bay Packers (-175).
Currently, the Vikings are three-point favorites to win, but if Cook is not in the backfield it’s hard to imagine Minnesota beating a Packers team that they did not beat once last year.
The Vikings hold most of the leverage in negotiations as if Cook sits out this year, as he’ll lose an accrued season towards free agency.
However, being that Cook has outperformed his rookie deal and the league-wide value of the running back position makes this situation a little bit tenser.
Nonetheless, bettors should expect Cook to suit up Week 1 for the Minnesota Vikings after signing a new contract.
As a professional sports writer, Robert has written for outlets such as the FAMUAN and other sports-centric platforms. He focuses mainly on NFL and NBA betting, though he keeps tabs on every major sport.