EAGAN, Min. – Dalvin Cook’s race is basically over.
The Minnesota Vikings race appeared on Tuesday at the TCO Performance Center, the team’s mandatory announcement date for veterans, to perform its initial COVID-19 test, a league source told ESPN. Cook is expected to attend virtual meetings on Tuesday afternoon, sources said.
With timely notice, Cook will not lose credit for 2020, so in 2021. He would have become a limited free agent, not a free agent.
The running camp announced in June that Cook was distancing himself from all team activities until he received an extension of his contract, which is part of the final year of his rookie contract. According to several sources, Vikings coaches and staff got the impression that Cook always planned to appear on the date of the mandatory report.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters over the weekend that he hoped Cook would report on Tuesday, citing the runner as telling of his intentions. Cook̵7;s agent Zac Hiller denied the coach’s comments, saying ESPN “didn’t speak” [Zimmer] for reporting to the camp. We are not sure why that was said. I hope that Dalvin will continue to be able to play a key role in ensuring the future success of the Vikings. “
On Monday, Zimmer announced via Viking radio affiliate KFAN that Cook will be in 2020. Season captain.
Cook will earn 1.3 million. USD in the final year of his rookie contract.
Minnesota on Tuesday also learned that recently acquired defensive pilot Michael Pierce has chosen 2020. A season of respiratory concern during a coronavirus pandemic. Pierce, 27, signed a three-year, $ 27 million in March. USD contract with Vikings and was expected to replace Linval Joseph by the nose.
“If I were caught [the coronavirus]”I probably have real problems,” said Pierce, who suffers from asthma, told Pioneer Press.
The $ 3 million base salary that Pierce had to pay in his first year in Minnesota will now be his salary for 2021. Because he falls into the high-risk category, he will receive a $ 350,000 scholarship after giving up the season.
“It’s not about the money,” Pierce said. “If I were a normal person with a normally functioning respiratory system, I would be there without thoughts. It’s an unpleasant situation, but I struggled with what I had to deal with for the rest of my life. So hopefully we’ll get a vaccine or something where I can get back here this spring, but as of now, it won’t be possible. “