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Dalvin Cook’s agent disputes Mike Zimmer’s comment about reporting to training camp

Dalvin Cook

The agent for Dalvin Cook is disputing comments by Mike Zimmer about whether or not the running back will report to Minnesota Vikings training camp.

Zimmer said Saturday that he expects Cook to report to training camp because the back told him he would.

Zimmer’s comment came despite a report in June saying Cook would not report until he gets a new contract. Cook’s agent apparently wants his client sticking to the holdout threat.

“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,” agent Zac Hiller told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cook is in the final year of his rookie deal and set to make $1.33 million this season. He is underpaid for a running back who had 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns in 14 games last season with 53 catches for 519 yards. Alexander Mattison would likely see lead back type of action if Cook does not report on time.

Report: Vikings sign coach Mike Zimmer to multi-year contract extension

Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will be sticking around a while longer.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Zimmer and the Vikings are in agreement on a multi-year contract extension. Specific terms were not immediately available.

The 64-year-old was entering the final season of his current contract with the Vikings. He’s 57-38-1 in six seasons as Minnesota’s head coach, with three playoff appearances and two NFC North titles during that span.

There has been frequent speculation about Zimmer’s long-term future with the organization, and his 2-3 playoff record has been the subject of some scrutiny. His standing improved after his road win over the New Orleans Saints during last season’s playoffs, though, and the Vikings are clearly content to keep him around for a while longer.

Mike Zimmer denies that Stefon Diggs was disgruntled in Minnesota

Mike Zimmer

Stefon Diggs certainly seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t mind being traded by the Minnesota Vikings before it actually happened, but his former coach doesn’t think that was the case.

Mike Zimmer said on Thursday’s “The Rich Eisen Show” that Diggs wasn’t offloaded due to being a troublesome presence on the team.

“Really, if you said somebody was a pain in the butt, you probably wouldn’t say him,” Zimmer said, via Kevin Patra of “I’ve been around way worse guys than him. I hope he has a great career and finishes up strong.”

Zimmer said that the team hadn’t had any intention of trading Diggs, but between the team’s lack of cap space and the draft pick haul the Buffalo Bills offered, they felt the deal was too good to pass up.

The Vikings maintained all along that Diggs was happy with the team. Diggs dropped plenty of hints otherwise. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter now, but the organization’s stance on the former wide receiver remains odd to say the least.

Mike Zimmer had great reaction to Packers picking Jordan Love

Mike Zimmer

The Green Bay Packers surprised many people when they decided to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback Thursday night, but one division rival coach is hoping it helps get rid of Aaron Rodgers.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked for his reaction to the Packers taking Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick, and he had a great response. Zimmer said he’s hoping the pick leads to Rodgers calling it a career.

While there is obviously no chance of that happening, the Love pick is a good indication that the Packers understand Rodgers is not immortal. The two-time NFL MVP will turn 37 before the end of next season, and he has battled some injuries in recent years. It’s unrealistic to think every star quarterback can play as long as Tom Brady or Drew Brees, so Green Bay is wise to start thinking about the future now.

Unfortunately for Zimmer, the Packers’ decision to take a quarterback in the first round may end up serving as motivation for Rodgers. He indicated as much with a comment he made leading up to the draft.

Mike Zimmer sought advice from Bill Parcells on getting Vikings ‘over the hump’

Mike Zimmer

For the third time in five years, the Minnesota Vikings made the playoffs but fell short of the ultimate goal of reaching and winning a Super Bowl under coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer is now 2-3 in the playoffs after Saturday’s defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. The fact that this is the case despite a 57-38-1 regular season record has led to chatter that the Vikings coach is underachieving when it matters most. Zimmer is clearly frustrated, and admitted that he’s sought help from mentor Bill Parcells over how to get “over the hump” in an hour-long phone call.

“We’ve been to the conference championship, we’ve been to the divisional game, we’ve been in a wild card game where we lost by a field goal and just try to figure out how do we get over this hump of getting to the next level and eventually winning this thing,” Zimmer said Monday, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.

While Zimmer clearly thinks he deserves more credit for the Vikings’ status as regular contenders under him, he’s also very aware that his legacy will be tainted if this is the best he can do in the postseason. Minnesota went 10-6 this season but always moved in the shadow of other NFC playoff teams, and their win over the Saints was a total surprise to many. It may or may not be a coaching thing, but there’s definitely a sense that the Vikings haven’t maximized their talent, and seeking ways to do that from a coach like Parcells is probably not a bad idea for Zimmer.

Mike Zimmer admits he gets annoyed by speculation about his job status

Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer led his team to a road upset on Sunday just days after speculation arose about his job status, and don’t think he hasn’t noticed.

Zimmer spoke to Deion Sanders on NFL Network Sunday after his team’s 26-20 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints to advance to the NFC Divisional round. Zimmer was asked if he was bothered by speculation about his position given the success he’d had, and Zimmer gave the honest answer: he’s sick of hearing it.

It’s a thoroughly refreshing bit of honesty. Zimmer is 57-38-1 as Vikings coach, but his lack of consistent playoff success has worked against him. Entering a contract season next year, speculation has grown about his future, but the Vikings tried to silence that earlier in the week. An upset playoff win will do an even better job of quieting those rumors. Zimmer, meanwhile, will keep coaching, no matter what disrespect he feels he’s being subjected to.

Vikings issue statement of support for Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman

Mike Zimmer

A new report has put the Minnesota Vikings’ braintrust under some pressure, but ownership is making it clear that the organization has no intention of letting them go.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora said GM Rick Spielman is being viewed by some within the Washington Redskins’ organization as a possible candidate for a team president role, with La Canfora stating the Vikings “could be headed for a shakeup” with an early playoff exit. In the same report, La Canfora said he would be “surprised” if coach Mike Zimmer kept his job if the Vikings are blown out by the New Orleans Saints, also noting that the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in him.

Vikings owner Mark Wilf disputed these reports on Friday, stating that they intended to keep Spielman and Zimmer in charge “next year and beyond.”

This could be the dreaded vote of confidence, but it seems more likely that the Vikings are trying to assure Spielman and Zimmer that they’re not working for their jobs ahead of an important playoff game. Zimmer has certainly been operating like it’s business as usual, and that appears to be exactly that the Vikings want.