VikingsVictorious wrote: ↑Fri May 26, 2023 8:06 pm
Reports are out that Dalvin will take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings. Probably need to accept 5 Million. If he does that it only costs us 1 Million to keep him. I would keep him for a million. I'm pretty sure Kapp wouldn't.
Don’t do me like that.
Of course I’d keep him for $1 million. He’ll never agree to making 1/3 of Alex Mattison’s salary, but I’d do it in a minute. I’d even be on board for $5 million if the Vikings hadn’t already agreed to Mattison’s deal.
I’d really appreciate it if you’d stop misappropriating my views. Here they are.
1. I don’t believe any running back is worth what Cook’s current contract calls for.
2. I believe the running back position isn’t a premium position.
3. Three years ago, I said if I were GM, I’d draw the line at $4 million for any individual running back’s salary. At that time, the salary cap was $198 million. Since the cap is now $225 million, I’d up that $4 million number an appropriate amount. $5 million would be in line.
4. I am more concerned about the percentage of the cap paid to a running back room than I am about the salary of any individual back. The $4 million figure I used 3 years ago was based on being able to pay four running backs at a reasonable (read: low) percentage of the cap.
VV, you can trash my views all you want, but they are shared by virtually every successful franchise of the past 10 years. You don’t see Kansas City, the Rams, Cincinnati, Tampa, New England, etc. paying huge salaries to running backs. But you do see Dallas, the Giants and the Vikings doing it, and you see what it gets them. Kwesi and KOC are changing all that in Minnesota. Laugh if you want, but it’s happening — exactly as I said it would last year.
One thing I would be in favor of is drafting a generational talent in the first round at running back. But it would have to be a truly generational talent, and I wouldn’t do it if I had pressing needs at other positions. Having a truly great RB is an advantage for sure, but their shelf life is just too short. Pay him rookie scale for 5 years and get great production. That’s value. Or more realistically, get that production for 3 years and trade him … in other words, let someone else pay him the big second contract.
All that said … Dalvin Cook for less than the cost of CJ Ham? Of course I’d do that. But he won’t.