Dalvin Cook Trade Rumors: Potential Destinations and Implications.
By: Nitin Singh
Speculation mounts as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests a possible trade involving star running back Dalvin Cook, with a deal potentially happening soon.
Trade Rumors Surround Dalvin Cook:
With June 1st marking a significant date in NFL contract structuring, the Minnesota Vikings can now split Cook's dead cap, saving valuable cap space by trading him now.
The Vikings face upcoming contract obligations to quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Justin Jefferson, making it challenging to allocate significant resources to an aging running back like Cook.
Vikings' Financial Constraints:
Despite the Vikings' desire to move on, Cook remains a highly productive NFL player, entering the season in excellent health after completing his first full season.
Cook's Value and Potential:
The Miami Dolphins emerge as the most likely trade destination for Cook, with a need for an established starting running back to bolster their high-octane offense.
Miami Dolphins as Leading Candidate:
While the Dolphins are interested, they may not be willing to pay Cook's full salary, potentially requiring the Vikings to absorb part of the contract. A late-round draft pick could be the compensation.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, both in need of a reliable running back, could enter the race if they can restructure contracts to accommodate Cook's salary.
Potential Bidding War:
The New Orleans Saints, with a potential need due to a potential Alvin Kamara suspension, and the Baltimore Ravens, if their current running backs face issues, could also pursue a trade for Cook.
Dark Horse Candidates:
The Ravens might consider Cook as a long-term answer at running back, especially if J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards struggle or are not fully healthy, as they are in the final year of their contracts.