While the Green Bay Packers seem fairly set from a roster perspective heading into Week 18 action against the Chicago Bears, Brian Gutekunst and company are always looking for ways to improve. One possible way to improve may have revealed itself when the New York Jets decided to release veteran running back Dalvin Cook on Tuesday.
Cook simply did not work out with the Jets this season after signing during free agency. He never got consistent carries behind Breece Hall and it was clear that the two sides would part ways.
There are quite a few teams around the NFL that could consider signing Cook. The Packers are one of them, but there are likely other suitors that are in a better place to compete for a Super Bowl.
Green Bay Packers Cap Expert Weighs In On Dalvin Cook
Amid the rumblings that the Packers should pursue Cook among the fans, cap expert Ken Ingalls took to Twitter to share what claiming Cook would cost Green Bay. The cost would not be bad at all.
Upon further review, the numbers would be $60K if inactive (if he reportedly removes his remaining guarantees), $322K if active. So even slightly cheaper.
Could be even less if he altogether removes his weekly roster bonuses before he leaves the Jets.
— Ken Ingalls – Packers Cap 💰 (@KenIngalls) January 2, 2024
If the Packers think they could use running back depth, this would be a great move to make. Aaron Jones has had injury issues this season and AJ Dillon has gotten banged up the last couple of weeks. Dalvin Cook would simply give Green Bay more depth to work with.
There is n question that Week 18 against the Bears is going to be a dogfight. It always is between these two bitter rivals. Having running back depth would likely be a wise move.
Should the Packers make it into the playoffs, running back depth could come in even more clutch. If Jones or Dillon went down, Green Bay would be in trouble. Adding Cook to the roster would eliminate those concerns.
Expect to see quite a few contenders have interest in adding Cook. The Green Bay Packers may be in a better position to claim Cook than other teams who are interested. This is certainly something to keep an eye on.