CBS Sports Predicts Dalvin Cook’s New Team

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The Minnesota Vikings released Dalvin Cook last week after roughly three months of speculation about his future.

The move saved the Vikings $9 million in cap space and allowed Cook a fresh start for the second chapter in his so-far illustrious career.

CBS Sports Predicts Dalvin Cook’s New Team

Now, Cook will latch onto a new NFL team before too long, and if CBS Sports is correct, that’ll be the Miami Dolphins.

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And the Dolphins as a landing spot should surprise no one — Miami has been the number-one-with-a-bullet theory since March. Why? Well, Cook is from Miami, and the Dolphins could evidently use an RB1 upgrade despite re-signing Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. this offseason, plus drafting Texas A&M’s De’Von Achane.

CBS Sports writer Tyler Sullivan unveiled five bold NFL predictions for the summer, and right out of the gate in his publication, he predicted Cook to Miami. “There have been a bunch of breadcrumbs that link Dalvin Cook to the Miami Dolphins. Upon his release from the Minnesota Vikings, Cook, who is a Miami native and played high school football at Miami Central, posted a photo of himself on Instagram dancing at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Dolphins,” he explained.

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Dalvin Cook ranks third in Vikings history with 5,993 rushing yards behind Adrian Peterson and Robert Smith.

Sullivan continued, “The club has also reportedly expressed interest in the 27-year-old, so there could very well be a marriage here. While Miami does have a cluster of running backs — including Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, and rookie De’Von Achane — Cook would immediately slot in as the top dog in the backfield and join an offense that features Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.”

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The Vikings are on deck to replace Cook with his teammate, Alexander Mattison, as RB1 — with a hodgepodge of supporting running backs in Ty Chandler, DeWayne McBride, and Kene Nwangwu. Minnesota hasn’t featured a running-back-by-committee since the days of Michael Bennett, Onterrio Smith, and Mewelde Moore.

Cook joined The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, along with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and said about his free agency, “I want the value. I want somebody who wants Dalvin Cook.”

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Cook added, “I’m all fixed up now. My shoulder’s feeling great. And, like you said, you know what you’re getting out of Dalvin Cook. As soon as I step foot in that locker room or on the football field, you know that I’m gonna be the best teammate and best leader that you can get.”

And if CBS Sports prediction is accurate, the rumor mill would’ve been correct all along with the theoretical Dolphins relationship.

Miami ranked 16th in rushing DVOA last year.

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 McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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