Dalvin Cook is expected to report to Vikings training camp on Tuesday, as head coach Mike Zimmer said earlier Saturday, despite Cook’s agent denying Zimmer’s claim hours later.
During a press conference about his recent three-year contract extension, Zimmer said he was told “by [Cook]” that the Vikings running back would end a brief holdout and report on time for camp. Cook’s agent, Zac Hiller, responded Saturday night.
“First, congrats to coach Zimmer on his well-earned contract extension,” Hiller said in a statement to ESPN. “However, Dalvin has not spoken to him in regards to reporting to camp. We are unsure why this was said. I hope Dalvin can continue to play a major role in the Vikings future success.”
However, Cook instead told his position coach, who relayed the message to Zimmer, that the running back would report to camp without a new contract, according to NFL Media.
If Cook chose not to report to Vikings camp on time, he’d risk losing an accrued season toward free agency. Without four accrued seasons, Cook would be a restricted (not unrestricted) free agent in 2021.