The Facts: Cook told HC Mike Zimmer that Cook will be at training camp. Unless he didn’t. Agent Zac Hiller provided this statement to Adam Schefter of ESPN: “First, congrats to Coach Zimmer on his well-earned extension. 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.”
Diehards Line: In case you missed it, when asked about Cook earlier Saturday, Zimmer said: “I was told he would be” present for the start of camp. Zimmer then made it clear that he received the message from Cook himself. If Cook doesn’t report on July 28, he’ll be subject to $50,000 per day in fines. He’ll also instantly lose a year of credit toward free agency. As PFT suggested, calling out a head coach with just-renewed job security may not be the best way to navigate the situation. So if Cook does’t show up, the train will keep rolling, with Alexander Mattison first man up.