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The 2020 NFL season is rapidly approaching and Minnesota Vikings ‘ running back Dalvin Cook is still without a new contract. Despite the Vikings’ brass stating all offseason, that they wanted to get a deal done with Cook.

However, Cook will not hold out when the season starts on Sunday, in fact, he will be on the field against the Packers, if his number is called.

“If Coach Zim calls my name, I’ll be out there,” Cook said Wednesday in a videoconference.

“I’m prepared enough to go play and I’m physically ready to play,” Cook said. “We’ve got a young group that I’m looking to lead and to get somewhere this season. I’ll let the business take care of the business.”

Last season, Cook rushed for or 154 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ first game against the Packers. He wouldn’t play in the second game due to a shoulder injury. Cook would finish the 2019-20 season with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and made the Pro Bowl.

The Vikings and Cook’s representation were negotiating a new deal, but things fell apart and then Minnesota struck a deal for former Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue that absorbed $12 million of capital space. According to NFLPA records, the Vikings had approximately $2.2 million in remaining cap space as of Wednesday, following their restructured deal with tackle Riley Reiff to clear $5 million.

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Minnesota Vikings Odds This Season

The Vikings are looking to improve off their last season’s 10-6

  • Playoff Odds: -135
  • Division: +160
  • Conference: +1200
  • Super Bowl: +2500

The Minnesota Viking will have to re-brand their identity after trading away Stefon Diggs to the Bills this offseason as Adam Thielen will be the main focus for opposing defenses in the secondary. Cook if healthy will provide the much-needed ground game for the Vikings and as Packers head coach said on Wednesday, he is a load.

“He’s a load, man,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday. “He ripped one off on us for about 80 yards last year [in the first game between the two teams]. You’ve got to be aware of where he is at all times. He’s big, he’s powerful, so you’ve got to be able to wrap up.”

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