In case you thought the NFL was about to quiet down, think again. Four-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook could be on the move out of Minnesota. There have been plenty of breadcrumbs leading up to the possibility of Cook being, including a report from ESPN noting that all signs are pointing to a departure.
The latest move appears to be the Vikings scrubbing the back from their Twitter banner and replacing him with fellow running back Alexander Mattison.
When recently asked about his running back, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his appreciation for Cook, who rushed for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season. O’Connell did not, however, offer any assurances that Cook would still be on the Vikings when they open the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It appears that money would be what would break up Cook and the Vikings. The team reportedly asked Cook to adjust his salary this season, a request Cook — who has a $10.4 million base salary and $14.1 million cap hit for the 2023 season — balked at. While they surely want to keep him, the Vikings appear to be ready to part with Cook in order to free up cap space while leaning more on fellow backs Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler and rookie DeWayne McBride. Should they deal him, the Vikings would most likely sign a free agent to help replace him. Kareem Hunt and Ezekiel Elliott are among the notable running backs still available.
Injuries limited Cook to just 15 games during his first two seasons in Minnesota. Since then, the former second-round pick has been a consensus Pro Bowler. He’s gained 6,423 total yards since the start of the 2019 season and has scored 46 touchdowns over that span. Cook did undergo surgery back in February to repair the shoulder he broke back in 2019.