The Minnesota Vikings are entering a new era, and that’s not always good for proven, bonafide players.
The Vikings want to cut expenses, and that most likely means being less competitive and parting ways with some of their stars.
And while WR Justin Jefferson is — and will continue to be — a building block for the organization, Dalvin Cook’s future is kind of uncertain.
As a matter of fact, ESPN’s Diana Russini, via Dov Kleiman, reported that the team is leaning towards parting ways with their star running back.
Update: "All signs point to" the #Vikings most likely moving on from RB Dalvin Cook, per @diannaESPN pic.twitter.com/UfJcVFH8sv
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 11, 2023
Needless to say, that prompted plenty of reactions on social media, from some mocking the Vikings to others urging their team to pursue the bell-cow RB.
This has been said for 2 months now and hes still a Viking lol
— DeeksView (@DeeksViewOG) May 11, 2023
If true, Have to imagine this would put Minnesota in contention as a landing spot for one of Elliot, Fournette, or Hunt
— Tom Christ, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT (@FantasyInjuryT) May 11, 2023
Oh wowwwww, who could have possibly seen this coming?
— Jack Cavanagh (@javanagh87) May 11, 2023
Definitely not a great football move if they do
— Adam Bryant (@AdamBry86009912) May 11, 2023
Dalvin cook you are a Cleveland brown
— Hip (@TheLandsHippie) May 11, 2023
Cook has been one of the most efficient and productive running backs in the league when healthy.
He’s struggled to stay on the field for the most part of his career, but he’s a tackle-breaking machine that can produce both on the ground or as a pass-catcher.
Cook is due to make north of $10 million next season, $2 million of which is fully guaranteed.
Over the past couple of months, the Vikings and Cook haven’t been unable to strike a deal or reach any sort of agreement on a potential contract extension, all but making the situation a little more complicated.
The team reportedly tried to work things out, but it now makes more sense for them — financially speaking — to wait a little longer before releasing him.
Also, it shouldn’t take long before he finds another suitor for his services.NEXT: Latest Report Says Vikings Are Likely To Move On From Veteran RB