Since the start of 2023, which is about three months in, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been at the center of trade rumors.
The 27-year-old was on deck for a $14.1 million cap hit heading into an offseason that may be too rich for the Vikings’ blood.
SI.com confirms Dalvin Cook rumors
The most popular trade theory involving Cook involved the Miami Dolphins and generally lasted about 90 days. And on Monday of SI.com Albert Breer confirmed the Cook-Dolphins.
To start the week, Breer wrote: “The Dolphins’ earlier (and perhaps renewed) romance with Dalvin Cook is a window into the next phase of his career. Minnesota and Miami were very close to a trade that would have made Cook a Dolphin back in March, and what’s interesting about the deal that fell apart at the time is how the vision the team traded for him matched up. is how he is perceived by the team that leaves him. “.
Back in March, rumors suggested that Cook and the Dolphins had reached an agreement, but a physical failure reportedly canceled or stalled the deal. Cook then underwent surgery to repair the shoulder.
“Miami’s idea was to add another big-play threat to an arsenal that already has two of the game’s most explosive receivers in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in the shell. And after that one was waived, and with Minnesota mulling a price that would be comfortable to return Cook (which would be less than $11 million), the Vikings discussed using him more sparingly as an explosive complement to Alexander Mathison. Brer continued.
The Vikings re-signed Matheson in March, just as Cook and the Dolphins were initially talking, for two years and $7 million. This type of contract tends to signal the RB1’s due in this day and age.
Brer concluded. “Will Miami still be interested? Perhaps, though, that desire for a big-playback was addressed, at least somewhat, in the third round of the draft when ultra-explosive Texas A&M linebacker Devon Aachen emerged.
Miami has these running backs under contract as of June 5;
- RB1: Rahim Mostert
- RB2: Jeff Wilson Jr
- RB3: De Von Achan
- RB4: Salvon Ahmen
- RB5: Myles Gaskin
- RB6: Chris Brooks
So it’s unclear where Cook fits into that group of six or seven. But the possibility of Chef going to Miami is apparently still alive.
Minnesota has five rookies on the roster, including Cook, meaning someone like Ken Nwangwu could be the breakout player on the regular-season roster if Cook takes a pay cut to keep the purple and gold.
All in all, Cook + Miami isn’t quite dead.
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 Raun Sauh and: Sal Spice:. His Viking obsession dates back to 1996. Mentioned guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, The Sopranos, Basset Hounds and The Doors (band).
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