After being released by the Minnesota Vikings, Dalvin Cook has been linked heavily to the AFC East this offseason. One team is getting a lot of buzz around the prospects of signing the Pro Bowl running back.
Dalvin Cook to the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins?
Before April’s draft, the Miami Dolphins were in talks with the Vikings regarding a trade for Cook. Nothing transpired, and the Vikings were forced to cut their losses without getting anything in return for their star running back. The Dolphins are in the hunt to sign Cook, but they appear to be waiting for his price to go down.
Cook has also been linked to the New York Jets and New England Patriots. He has expressed a desire to team up with DeAndre Hopkins this season, and those two teams are in a better position to sign both players than the Dolphins.
Cook to the New York Jets is picking up traction
As of Thursday, signs are pointing in the Jets’ direction. Mike Florio with NBC Sports said Cook to the Jets makes sense so the team can pad their backfield with a mellow Breece Hall returning from an injury this season. The Jets would also benefit from keeping Cook away from the Dolphins or Patriots, as the AFC East will be ultra-competitive this season.
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Albert Breer with Sports Illustrated wrote via Threads that the Jets are an attractive destination for Cook. The Jets could better protect Hall for a deep playoff run.
“I think there’s a good chance Cook becomes a Jet, and my sense is it’s a team he’d like to go to. He makes sense for them, too—getting him would allow them to be judicious bringing Breece Hall back.”
According to Over The Cap, the Jets still have over $23 million to play with before the start of the season. And they have to spend it after their franchise-altering decision to trade for Aaron Rodgers. They have the money to bring in Cook and Hopkins.
They absolutely should.
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