Skip to main content
Publish date:

Vikings OC Gary Kubiak has strong praise for Dalvin Cook

"We need everybody to win, but you guys know how much I think of a good back.”
Dalvin Cook

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak addressed running back Dalvin Cook's situation as he attempts to get a "reasonable extension" from the team amidst a report that he plans on holding out from team-related activities without a new deal.

"That’s part of the business," Kubiak said of the holdout. "We all understand that and [Cook and Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman] will do their job. We have to stay focused on our job as a football team moving forward and we support Dalvin…we’ve got to get ready to play this season, so we’ll stay focused on that.”

While Kubiak left the negotiations up to the front office, Kubiak was not shy in heaping praise onto his star running back. When asked about what Cook brings to the offense, Kubiak talked about his performance on and off the field.

"Dalvin’s a great player," Kubiak said. "He’s a great person also. I’ve been around Dalvin one year, I knew a lot about him when he came out and obviously, he stepped to the plate very well."

Kubiak also stated that even if Cook's holdout goes long, he's not concerned about the time he could miss, citing his professionalism and his willingness to be ready when the time comes.

"[Cook] has a good grasp on what we do and what how we go about it," Kubiak said. Dalvin could teach a class. He’s that bright and that smart of a football player. Guys like him and professionals like him, they’re going to take care of themselves. They go through things like this and we all want the end product so to speak and go back to work, but those things take time."

Cook's contract negotiations have ranged somewhere from the $16 million that Christian McCaffrey received from Carolina and the $8-to-$9 million that Melvin Gordon received from Denver this offseason. 

With the Vikings having a stable of talented running backs including Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone, it's a possibility the team could move on from Cook next offseason if his demands are too high. Even in that scenario, Kubiak is aware of how talented Cook is.

"We believe in running the football and obviously Dalvin did a hell of a job at doing that last year along with [Mattison], Ameer and Boone to help us out," Kubiak said. "I believe that’s a big part of the game. We need everybody to win, but you guys know how much I think of a good back.”

As the two sides continue to try to hack out a deal before training camp, it will be interesting to see if the praise is enough to help both sides come to a reasonable conclusion.

Next Up

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers out 6-8 weeks with injury

The Hopkins native was hurt during Sunday's matchup with Notre Dame.

Anthony Barr

Vikings' defense could get reinforcements against Steelers

Several starters could return for a critical Thursday night matchup.

Mercer ATV accident fundraiser

High schooler in coma, fighting for his life after ATV crash

Family members found the teen on the ground and unresponsive.

Nolan Sprengeler - muskie record - nov 2021

Angler officially breaks 64-year-old state muskie record

The muskellunge he caught on Nov. 22 weighed a whopping 55 pounds, 14 ounces.

coronavirus, ICU, covid-19 hospital, doctor

4th teen COVID-19 death reported in MN is the 2nd in as many weeks

All four teenage COVID-19 deaths in the state have been reported in the past two months.

Anil Menon

Minnesota native named to NASA's new astronaut class

When he's done training, he could be sent to the space station or the moon.

broadway pizza interior facebook

Gallery: Original Broadway Pizza auctioning off everything

Get your hands on some classic Broadway signage, train-themed decor and more.

art shanty projects

Art Shanty Projects to return to Lake Harriet this winter

The festival has made some creative changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

After 'extraordinary' revenue growth, MN projects $7.7B surplus

But finance officials note there is still "significant risk" due to economic uncertainty.

Related

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook runs wild as Vikings beat Lions

Cook ran for 206 yards in a 34-20 win over Detroit.

Gary Kubiak

Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak announces retirement

Kubiak wraps up a career that has spanned nearly four decades.

Dalvin Cook

The argument for why the Vikings need to sign Dalvin Cook

The centerpiece of the Vikings offense could be replaced, but...

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter donating Madden royalties to fund PPE for health workers

The Vikings running back donated his royalties to North Memorial hospital to help fight COVID-19.

Dalvin Cook

Vikings Offseason Preview: Should the Vikings extend Dalvin Cook?

The performance of the running game should produce a raise for their lead back.

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.

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.