Skip to main content

With the hiring of Kevin O'Connell, optimism is running high for the Minnesota Vikings. After a press conference where he praised several members on the roster, the Vikings believe they can win right now and Dalvin Cook is here for the party.

During an impromptu interview with TMZ, he was asked if he believed that he and Justin Jefferson could bring the Vikings a Super Bowl victory. 

"We gon' win us one," Cook said. "We gon' win us one. Yeah."

Cook has a reason to be excited. O'Connell was at the controls of the Los Angeles Rams offense that had just won the Super Bowl. With Cook, Jefferson and Adam Thielen coming back the Vikings have all the tools needed to improve next season.

But Cook may have to work quickly for that to happen. Cook's cap hit jumps to $11.8 million this season and Derrick Henry is the only running back over the past three seasons to finish in the top 10 in rushing yards with a cap hit over $10 million.

In addition, the leading rusher for the winning team in the Super Bowl over the past 13 seasons has made an average of $1.1 million.

With the Vikings $14.7 million over the cap this offseason, they'll have to find ways to cut salary even if they don't work out an extension for Kirk Cousins. This could make Cook cap casualty where they would save $2.5 million this season or $7.8 million next season.

But it's all about the present for Cook and the Vikings. If they can find the right quarterback to work in O'Connell's offense, Cook's prophecy could come true.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.


Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.


Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson selected to 2021 Pro Bowl

The Vikings duo will be part of a virtual event next month.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson among 3 Vikings named to Pro Bowl

The Vikings will be well represented in Las Vegas.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson erupts, Vikings end losing streak in L.A.

Good things happen when you throw it to Justin Jefferson.

Rick Spielman

Spielman's answer when asked if Cousins can win a Super Bowl

The former Vikings GM gave an interesting critique of his former quarterback.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson erupts to lead Vikings over Packers

Greg Joseph's game-winner helped the Vikings get back to .500.

Justin Jefferson

How the Vikings can get Jefferson to put up Kupp numbers

Kevin O'Connell will inherit another elite receiving weapon in Minnesota

Dalvin Cook

Will Dalvin Cook report to Vikings training camp?

Mike Zimmer said Cook will report, but his agent said Cook hasn't spoken to the Vikings during his holdout.