Another Clue Hints at Alexander Mattison as RB1

youngest off seasonJan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) walks off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

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January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) walks off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

Starting Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings could, in theory, trade RB1 Dalvin Cook and save $11 million with a $3.1 million penalty against the 2023 salary cap.

Another clue hints at Alexander Mattison being the RB1

Before June 1, sending Cooks elsewhere would save $7.8 million and probably get a mid-to-late round draft pick. If the organization had released Cook before June 1, the club would have saved $5.9 million along with an $8.2 million cap penalty. After that date, it’s $9 million in savings with a $5.1 million cap penalty with release.

And while Cook’s contract is undoubtedly mental gymnastics, his potential replacement is more straightforward. Alexander Mattison seemed ready to take over RB1 responsibilities and be a virtual lock for the gig if Cook is traded or released.

September 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) in action against the Green Bay Packers at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Baker-USA TODAY Sports.

Why? Well, listen to the head coach. Kevin O’Connell on Tuesday said about mattison During organized team activities (OTAs), “It’s been really nice to see Alex Mattison get some more reps and really show that three-down little ownership that he’s been capable of over a long period of time.”

‘Three-down kinda ownership’ is coach-speak for the RB1’s workload. from 2017 to now, well, cook Has been a guy with three-down ownership.

December 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) walks off the field after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports.

Is Cook guaranteed to be traded or released on Thursday or later? No – not at all. But all signs are pointing in this direction and have done so since the beginning of March. The franchise and his teammates still value Cook, but Wealth Has been the most important point this off-season. Cook is on deck to hit the $14.1 cap against the Vikings’ books in 2023, a colossal figure concocted by former General Rick Spielman in 2020. Minnesota hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah 16 months ago, and he probably isn’t the type of running back to pay. Megabucks.

In addition, the Vikings extended Mattison in March, when the 24-year-old approached free agency for the first time in his career. He is now committed to the Vikings for two years and $7 million, which is more ‘over time’ with respect to the running back’s paycheck.

September 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

Last week, mattison said About re-signing in Minnesota, “I’m ecstatic. I want to see it here. I always tell people I wouldn’t play anywhere else. It’s just an incredible organization, an incredible locker room, amazing people.” Great team, amazing coaches and amazing staff, so I’m blessed to be back.

Minnesota will also put an emphasis on running football in 2023. In O’Connell’s first season, the Vikings ran the ball the least per playcall percentage. Mattison also confirmed the strategy at OTAs, “We all knew the run game was an area we needed improvement, so there’s more emphasis coming into this year. Being in the 1st year in this offense, it was something that is learning new things throughout the process, so it’s a foundational year that we have, look back on what we needed to do right and do well. What is needed, what not to do and improve. It’s definitely a bit over-emphasized.”

So, if Minnesota brings more balanced playcalling to life, you could see Mattison on the field in a three-down capacity.


dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday roan sau And Sal Masala, His Vikings passion dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds and The Doors (band).

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