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Dalvin Cook Next Team Odds: Ravens, Bengals Lead Suitors

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Dalvin Cook Next Team Odds: Ravens, Bengals Lead Suitors

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Dalvin Cook gained an average of 1,607 all-purpose yards per season with an average of 12 TDs over the last four years as the lead back and key cog for the Minnesota Vikings. 

But in a salary-cap move, Minnesota moved on from Cook, a four-time Pro Bowl RB who turns 28 before the 2023 NFL betting season. He ultimately joined on with the Jets before being released and joining the Ravens for their playoff run. He managed only 67 carries over 15 games, with a career-low 3.2 yards per carry. 

At age 28, Cook can use this full off-season to get a fresh start, and perhaps one final chance to regain his Pro Bowl form. 

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to update his hypothetical NFL futures odds on Cook’s 2024 team.

Dalvin Cook 2024 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Baltimore Ravens+35022.2%
Cincinnati Bengals+42519.1%
Philadelphia Eagles+50016.7%
Dallas Cowboys+55015.4%
Green Bay Packers+85010.5%
Minnesota Vikings+14007.7%
The Field+50016.7%
No Team+80011.1%

Odds are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.

Cook was a productive member of the Vikings for four seasons. But this past season, he averaged the fewest yards per carry of his six-year career by a wide margin (his previous worst was 4.4 yards per carry) and was relinquished to backup status in New York and Baltimore. 

Cook is a free agent, and plenty of other teams would love to have Cook, if the price is right. Sports salary site Spotrac projects Cook's market value this off-season at $4.4 million. That projects a fairly low-risk, high-reward opportunity for a team in need at the position. 

Potential Landing Spots For Dalvin Cook

It's fair to say Cook isn't at the top of the list when it comes to top free agent running backs on the market. Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard and Austin Ekeler are just a few of the blue-chip RBs available. 

But Cook's resume as a four-time Pro Bowler (2019-22 before this season's hiccup) is on par with those other backs, and Cook might come the cheapest. 

So for Cook, we can focus more on teams that need RB help, but on a budget, those that won't spend the big bucks on Henry, Barkley or others. 

Cook could always remain with the Baltimore Ravens. He was there for just a short time and didn't exactly light the world on fire (eight carries, 29 cards in the playoff loss to the Chiefs). But with Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins both free agents (the latter returning from a third-straight season-ending injury), Baltimore may have to go the FA route to secure its starting back. 

The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be moving on from Joe Mixon, leaving a chasm in their backfield. Cincy has a massive $61.4 million in cap space, but a slew of players they're hoping to re-sign and make another run at a Super Bowl behind a healthy Joe Burrow. An RB worth worrying about could be a big key to the offense's success. 

The Philadelphia Eagles may lose 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift, also a free agent. They have enough cap space to pursue Cook but perhaps not those in the Henry-Barkley cost bracket.  

The Dallas Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Pollard, but the team is already $14.3 million over the cap, so spending over $10M on a back seems unlikely. If Dallas can get Cook for less than half the cost, that might be a solid Plan B, if it's believed Cook can refind his form. The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Jones, but RB2 AJ Dillon is a free agent. The Packers aren't likely to pay two backs a lot of money, and are right at the cap line as the off-season looms. 

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Ironically, the team with the biggest need with just the rigth amount of money to spend might be the Minnesota Vikings, who released Cook to save cap space last off-season. The move backfired for the Vikings, who ranked 29th in rushing and couldn't muster enough offensive consistently when QB Kirk Cousins was lost to an Achilles injury. 

There's also the chance Cook doesn't get signed by any team. He cost too much for the diminishing production at Minnesota, then didn't get the lead job and griped in New York before being released there. His one-game tryout with the Ravens didn't go well. And it's all at a position that doesn't get paid like it used to. 

But we're guessing bridges were burnt, so despite the logic in the situation, Minnesota is at the back of the pack. The Field includes the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants, teams who have their own free-agent holes to fill, and the Miami Dolphins, Cook's hometown team, who he nearly signed with last off-season. RB is not a position of need, however, and Miami owns a dire cap situation.

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.