Tiki: “Dalvin Cook Has To Hold Out”

Tiki Barber explains why the Minnesota Vikings running back is doing the right thing in demanding a new contract

Tiki and Tierney
June 09, 2020 - 5:52 pm

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will reportedly not participate in any team-related activities until he receives a “reasonable” contract. Cook, who turns 25 in August, is slated to make $1.3 million in 2020. 

Based on production, Cook is worth more than that. Based on recent running back holdouts, however, he might not get what he wants.

“I know he’s better than Melvin Gordon. Trust me, there’s no doubt he’s better,” Brandon Tierney said on Tiki & Tierney. “But that’s got to be fresh in the minds of him and his representation a bit. What would that even accomplish?”

In 2019, Cook rushed 250 times for 1,135 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 519 yards, cementing his status as one of the top backs in the league.

“Right now, his salary is grossly low for his production,” Tiki Barber said. “He has been dynamic. Now obviously he tore his ACL two years ago and he missed that season. You hate to pay a running back that has an injury history. But still, when you look at what he provides for this Minnesota Vikings team, which is acumen out of the backfield as a receiver; he’s obviously a great, dynamic runner, one of those kids like Christian McCaffrey who can go to the house on any play; whether you’re catching the ball or running between the tackles, he can go to the house. He’s a threat. Which makes it so much easier for Kirk Cousins.”

Cousins, by the way, received a two-year, $66 million extension, including $51 million guaranteed, in March. That’s a lot of money for a quarterback who finished 16th in passing yards (3,603 yards) last season, though he did finish eighth in touchdown passes (26) and fourth in completion percentage (69.1).

“[Cousins’] success comes from the fact that they have a running back like Dalvin Cook,” “And so, I think Dalvin Cook has to hold out. This is different than Zeke and Melvin Gordon. So unlike a lot of those guys who had been paid or at least had a contract, Dalvin Cook hasn’t made any money for what he’s doing, and as a running back, you know that your window to make that money is small and it’s not going to come easily.”