Chris Cook has left the Vikings with a tough decision after being arrested for a felony assault charge. Should they cut him or not is the question? Leslie Frazier said that a decision on Cook will come on Monday.
Many thought that the organization might wait to see what the punishment from the league could be but looks like they will reach a conclusion well before than. Cook’s next court date is scheduled for November 22nd but he might not be a Vikings anymore when that date arrives. As of right now the Vikings can only suspend Cook for 4 games but the league could add on to that if they feel the need to. Another choice could be to waive the 2nd year corner and send him on his way packing.
If my 2 cents means anything, I think it would be a bad idea to cut the young cornerback. First off, I do not agree with what Cook did nor do I think it should be tollerated but that’s up to the courts to punish Cook for his actions. I think the Vikings should suspend Cook for the 4 games and let the league and courts take care of the rest. The Vikings already have enough holes in the secondary that we can’t afford to lose our best outside cornerback. Cedric Griffin hasn’t rebounded well from his injuries and might be replaced in the starting lineup by Asher Allen who is a nickel corner at best. While Winfield might still be elite, he’s not getting any younger and his play is going to dip sooner than later. Vikings also have big needs on the offensive line, wide receiver, defensive tackle, and need more depth at other positions. Cutting Cook could set us back even more from a rebuilding standpoint.
Either way the Vikings choose we’ll know the answer soon enough and we’ll know whether cornerback becomes top priority this offseason or not.