Dalvin Cook Next Team Odds: Could Eagles Or Dolphins Make A Move?
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Dalvin Cook has gained an average of 1,607 all-purpose yards with an average of 12 TDs over the last four seasons as the lead back and key cog for the Minnesota Vikings.
He’s also a $14.1 million cap hit for 2023, and the Vikings are more than $21 million above the projected salary cap before the offseason begins. Cook has indicated he will not restructure his deal.
Minnesota is now at a crossroads with its four-time Pro Bowl RB who turns 28 before the 2023 NFL betting season and just had shoulder surgery on Valentine’s Day to address a years-long issue.
Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NFL futures odds on Cook’s 2023 team.
Dalvin Cook 2023 Team Odds
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Cook has been a productive member of the Vikings for four seasons. But this season, he averaged the fewest yards per carry of his six-year career and the second-fewest yards per game, over 20 yards per game fewer than 2022 and 42.2 yards fewer than his 2020 campaign.
Cook has three years remaining on his deal. The Vikings will take a $6 million dead cap hit if they trade or cut him before June 1 (cap savings of $7.8 million), but if he won’t restructure his deal and no team wants to take on that contract, the team may have to make a tough decision. The only other tested RB on the team is Alexander Mattison, but he’s not Dalvin Cook rushing or receiving and is slated to become a free agent.
The decision to move on from Cook could come now, or later ($2 million of his 2023 salary becomes guaranteed on March 17, so they could designate him a post-June 1 cut and save $11 million in cap space with only a $3 million dead cap hit).
The Vikings are also hoping to work with Kirk Cousins (due a $15 million roster bonus in March as part of the final year of his deal) and WR Adam Thielen on restructures. The hope remains the team and Cook can make something work; other teams hungry for a feature back could come calling if they cannot.
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Potential Landing Spots For Dalvin Cook
Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are now free agents, leaving the Miami Dolphins with Myles Gaskin. Like the Eagles, the Dolphins were proactive in adding pieces last season. If the Vikings can work on a trade, sending Cook to an AFC team seems far more likely.
The Eagles must find a replacement for Miles Sanders, this year’s lead back whose role diminished in the postseason and the Super Bowl. Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott appear capable, but the thought of adding Cook to Jalen Hurts in the backfield is likely very tempting for a front office that has been aggressive the last few offseasons, and is hungry to get back to Super Bowl 58.
The Bears have been hunting for playmakers and have by far the most cap space of any team. If Minnesota drops him, Cook to an NFC North rival is definitely in play.
After that, Cook’s path to a new team is murkier. The Cardinals haven’t fallen in love with veteran James Conner, who hasn’t played more than 13 games in any season since his rookie year. The Patriots could be moving on from Damien Harris. If so, they’ll have the money to bring in a workhorse to play alongside Mac Jones.
The Field includes several teams that either need a running back but lack the funding, or may need one if they fail to bring back their own. That includes the Saints, Seahawks, Raiders and Giants, among others.