The Green Bay Packers have certainly had a groundbreaking off-season. Their franchise-altering Aaron Rodgers trade set in motion a new era in Green Bay. As it turns out, the Packers aren’t the only NFC North team who is expected to have an interesting off-season. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to move on from one of their stars by the end of this week.
Green Bay Packers Expected To Trade Dalvin Cook By The End Of The Week
According to David Latham:
Four-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook might finally be getting that trade we’ve been hearing about for months now. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a trade is “very possible, and could happen by the end of the week.” While he is on the older side, the running back is still one of the best in the league and should be able to find at least one or two suitors.
Report: Dalvin Cook Trade To Go Down “By End of Week”
Why Wait For A Dalvin Cook Trade?
Rumors of a Dalvin Cook trade have been swirling all offseason, but now that it’s June 1st, Florio believes that a deal is all but inevitable. Thanks to NFL contract structuring, the Vikings can now split Cook’s $6.2 million in dead cap between 2023 and 2024. So, in essence, the team saved $3.1 million in cap space by waiting until now to trade their star running back.
As mentioned in multiple previous articles, the writing is on the wall for Cook and the Vikings. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson are both due for hefty paydays in the near future, and the cash-strapped Vikings can’t afford to heavily invest in an older running back. Additionally, the team re-signed Alexander Mattison and even replaced Cook with Mattison on their official Twitter account.
In six seasons with the Vikings, Cook has 5,993 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns on the ground. He has been a thorn in Packers’ side for years now with over 10% of his career rushing yard totals coming against Green Bay. In six seasons, Cook has 650 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns against the Packers. On a per game basis against them, Cook averages 72.2 yards on 15.8 rushes (4.6 yards per carry). Fans may not-so-fondly remember the November 1, 2020 contest which saw Cook torch the Packers for 226 total yards and four touchdowns.
As the Bears, Packers, and Lions all seem set at the running back position, it is likely that Cook will be signed by a team outside of the NFC North, and Green Bay’s defense can breathe a little easier.
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