Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 3/15/12

In the midst of all the free agent hoopla, the Vikings have had their focus drawn away towards the legal proceedings involving cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking and physically assaulting his girlfriend.

They’ll likely breathe a sign of relief today, as the jury in Cook’s trial has rendered a not-guilty verdict on all counts, allowing Cook to move on with his career in Minnesota instead of taking his talents to the closest prison gridiron gang.

It’s doubtful that Cook will face any punishment from the NFL, given the acquittal he received, although it’s always possible that commissioner Roger Goodell could choose to send a message to Cook in the form of a short suspension with the hopes that he’ll change his behavior off the field as a result.

Cook’s return to the Vikings should shore up one of the league’s worst defensive backfields, although Minnesota will still look for upgrades at the cornerback and safety position via free agency and next month’s draft. The Vikings currently hold the #3 overall selection and are projected to take offensive tackle Matt Kalil (USC).

 

 

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