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Dalvin Cook Next Team Odds: Jets & Patriots Now Lead Suitors

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Dalvin Cook has 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 and is coming off of shoulder surgery.

It's been nearly two months since Cook was released on the Friday before Memorial Day. What's the latest on his next team?

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 2023 team.

Dalvin Cook 2023 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
New York Jets+35022.2%
New England Patriots+37521.1%
Miami Dolphins+50016.7%
Washington Commanders+55015.4%
Dallas Cowboys+75011.8%
Buffalo Bills+12007.7%
Chicago Bears+12007.7%
Arizona Cardinals+14006.7%
The Field+85010.5%

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Cook has been 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 and the second-fewest yards per game, over 20 ypg fewer than 2021 and 42.2 yards fewer than his 2020 campaign. 

The Vikings are obviously comfortable with Alexander Mattison functioning as the lead back, even though he's clearly not on the same level as a healthy Cook. Plenty of other teams would love to have Cook. Let's take a look at which teams are in play to sign him now.

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Potential Landing Spots For Dalvin Cook

First, we should note that the Minnesota Vikings have offered a one-year, $7 million deal for Cook to return. Does he want to after getting released? It doesn't sound like it. Will he if that's the best offer on the table? Probably. 

There was reportedly an offer on the table from the Miami Dolphins, which was originally one of two preferred landing spots for the running back. Miami has $13 million in cap space, but the offer was rejected by Cook. Perhaps the Miami native Cook wants to see all of his options for before signing on the dotted line. 

The belief was if the Dolphins didn't draft a running back, they were frontrunners to go after Cook and land him. But Miami did draft an RB in Round 3, Devon Achane of Texas A&M. Achane, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson could hold down the fort now, though injury concerns with the two veterans keep Cook solidly in the mix. 

The Bills, who currently has Cook's brother, James Cook, atop their RB depth chart, are still seeking that lead back to take pressure off Josh Allen's arm and legs. Reports earlier this spring indicated he preferred not to go there and diminish his bro's role. But it might be Dalvin's best chance at a Super Bowl ring, and playing alongside his sibling might be more enticing for all parties. Buffalo, as it stands now, can't compete for offers even similar to the Vikings' most recent one, due to cap space. 

None of those teams are the favorites anymore. The New York Jets and New England Patriots are, and both have reason to go hard after Cook. 

The Jets got a good one in Breece Hall, but he injured his knee last year and the second-year pro may not be ready for Week 1. New York is all-in since acquiring Aaron Rodgers; putting Cook next to him in the backfield would be a giant example of "all-in." 

The Pats need a playmaker on offense. They whiffed on getting WR DeAndre Hopkins, but Cook would be one heck of a runner-up prize. Rhamondre Stevenson showcased skills last season, but he's never been a true feature back, and Mac Jones could use a true top-level run game to take pressure of a growing pass attack. 

Three other teams with running back questions could afford to make a play at Cook. 

The Dallas Cowboys could have concerns about Tony Pollard and his return from injury. The Cowboys are a strong NFC contender; adding Cook would send a big message to the Eagles, among others. 

The Washington Commanders don't appear to be jubilant with their crop of backs. One NFL Network analyst says adding Cook "changes everything" for that team. With $10 million in cap space, Washington is right on the edge of being able to afford Cook. 

The Chicago Bears have been hunting for playmakers. Cook heading to an NFC North rival is definitely in play. Chicago has the most cap space of any team to play with at this point in the offseason. The Bears acquired D'Onta Foreman and still have Khalil Herbert, but neither strikes fear into a defense, or is likely to take pressure off QB Justin Fields the way Cook would. 

The Arizona Cardinals have James Conner, but no depth and Conner has missed action in every season in the pros. If new coach Jonathan Gannon wants to show support for QB Kyler Murray, adding Cook to the backfield would prove he believes the team can win now. Of course, Arizona appears more on the side of "tank" than anything. 

The Field is led by the Vikings, but includes several teams that either need a running back but lack the funding, are contenders who may have concerns with their current crop due to health/age issues, or are non-contenders hoping Cook can take pressure off their young QBs. 

Other teams could upgrade at RB and have the ability to add Cook, including the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. The Panthers inked Miles Sanders to a four-year contract, but may consider Cook an upgrade to place alongside rookie QB Bryce Young. They rank No. 2 in available cap space behind Chicago. 

The Houston Texans can afford Cook and may seek an upgrade from Dameon Pierce and Devin Singletary to place alongside rookie QB C.J. Stroud. The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Las Vegas Raiders could shock the world, though cap space would be a big hurdle. 

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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.