Dalvin Cook, a four-time Pro Bowl running back who is seemingly very much in his prime, is now a free agent after the Minnesota Vikings released him.
There was speculation that they would look to trade him and get some value in return for him, but that obviously didn’t happen.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he is surprised the Vikings weren’t able to trade him and decided to simply release him.
"I still can't believe that the Vikings never got close to a trade and are releasing Dalvin Cook at 27..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 9, 2023
Cook is one of the league’s most productive running backs, and he has run for over 1,100 yards while making the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons.
He has also scored 43 rushing touchdowns in those four seasons, including 16 during the 2020 season.
At age 27, he still should have at least a couple more productive years left in him.
The hot rumor is that Cook may now be headed to the Miami Dolphins, a team that has tremendous firepower in its passing game but lacks a respectable ground attack.
One thing helping to fuel that rumor is the fact that he’s originally from Miami and played his college ball at Florida State University.
Another team rumored to be interested in Cook is the Denver Broncos, who are in need of some serious help offensively.
They failed to reach 20 points in 11 of 17 games last season, and they finished 21st in rushing yards and 28th in rushing touchdowns.
A Broncos team with Cook in the backfield and a revitalized Russell Wilson at quarterback would make the race for the AFC even more interesting and competitive.NEXT: NFL Analyst Details The Dalvin Cook Decision