Chris Cook Found Not Guilty: What This Means for Minnesota Vikings

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN- CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Cook of the Minnesota Vikings poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Chris Cook has not seen an NFL field since October, but it looks like he will finally be able to step on the gridiron next season and suit up for the Minnesota Vikings

Cook had been accused of brutally choking and assaulting his girlfriend after a heated argument last fall.

However, he has just been found not guilty on all counts, according to the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

Cook missed the last 10 games of the season because he was suspended by the team indefinitely.

The Vikings pass defense was suffering as a result of Cook's absence and the team still has plenty of holes to fill in their secondary.

The verdict definitely sends some positive energy over to everyone associated with the Minnesota Vikings.

They will now have one less worry when it comes to addressing their secondary because they expected Cook to excel.

He was living up to those expectations last season, but the allegations stunted all of that in an instant. 

Standing in at 6'2 and weighing 212 pounds, Cook has the size to body up against the bigger receivers in the NFL, such as Calvin "Megatron" Johnson.

Considering Johnson just signed an eight-year deal that will undoubtedly keep him in Detroit for the rest of his career, the Vikings need to make sure they can contain him twice a year.

Cook will be the guy to put the body on him and other top receivers like Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and newly acquired Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall

The Vikings can continue in free agency without worrying about what will happen to their young cornerback.

Now all the Vikes need to do is focus on finding other talented corner backs for cheap in free agency, or in the middle to late rounds in the NFL draft.

All of Minnesota can breath a big sigh of relief because their first draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft has not gone to waste and will finally take the field in 2012. 


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