Dalvin Cook Views 1 Suitor as a Good Fit

Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings released Dalvin Cook after he spent his first six seasons with the team. He was an elite back in his heyday, but he will also turn 28 in August, and runners usually decline quickly at that age. The Vikings didn’t regard him as important enough on the field and as a leader in the locker to warrant his incredibly high salary.

Dalvin Cook Views 1 Suitor as a Good Fit

Dalvin Cook Views 1 Suitor as a Good Fit
Jan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports.

It has been quite a free agency with lots of rumors but not much real traction. One rumor was that he would wait for the situation of the franchise-tagged players to play out, which would mean he’s about to wait another four weeks. The AFC has always been the favored conference to land the runner, as the top teams in the mix have been the Dolphins, the Jets, and the Bills. The former appears to be on top of Cook’s list.

He spoke on Sirus XM NFL Radio about his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins.

Yeah, it’s an exciting situation to go into when you got guys that can stretch the field on the outside. I think that defense is pretty solid to me. Tua [Tagovailoa], when he’s out on the field, they got a winning record. As a running back you look for a certain scheme and I know the scheme that I’m good in, and that’s outside zone, and that’s what the Miami Dolphins run. So it’s like, you know, it’d be a perfect fit. And the roster speaks for itself.

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Dec 4, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and running back Dalvin Cook (4) in action during the game against the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

When the star running back was asked about which teams he had talks with and which teams he would like to join, he had the following to say:

You know, a lot of people got me pegged going back home [to the Dolphins]. A lot of people got me going to the Jets. It’s all over the place right now, but what’s gonna be important for me is just going to that right situation and helping somebody turn the page.

I want to go and be the piece that can just help somebody win and get over the hump and whatever that situation comes with, if it comes with me taking less reps, but me being in the perfect situation to hold up that trophy, I don’t mind. I just wanna go somewhere I can just get the ball and just help somebody win, and turn the next page.

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All of the rumored teams would be better with than without Cook, and all of them are contenders. If he wants to, Cook could choose his team based on the likelihood of winning a Super Bowl.

He would undoubtedly have the most competition for touches after joining the Jets, who also employ Breece Hall, who had a phenomenal rookie campaign. However, he is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season and could take some more time to get going with the veteran in the mix. But once he is back at full strength, Cook could be relegated to backup duties.

James Cook, Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports.

His main competition in Buffalo would be his brother James, former Viking Latavius Murray, and free agent addition Damien Harris. There’s a good chance that Cook would claim the starting role and get a similar workload as he did in Minnesota.

The Dolphins have many players on their roster at that position, including Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, and third-rounder Devon Achane. The latter is an unknown, but the other two are fine veterans who know head coach Mike McDaniel from his time in San Francisco, and they also had a year with him in Miami.

Miami appears to be a great fit for Cook. The Vikings, meanwhile, prepare for life after Cook and could turn to a committee at running back for the first time in about two decades.

Janik Eckardt is a football fan who likes numbers and stats. The Vikings became his favorite team despite their quarterback at the time, Christian Ponder. He is a walking soccer encyclopedia, loves watching sitcoms, and Classic rock is his music genre of choice. Follow him on Twitter if you like the Vikings: @JanikEckardt