Former Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook recently expressed an interest for him in free agency this offseason. Cook isn’t in a hurry to sign with a team right now. After all, there is over a month before training camp starts, and he has $2 million in guaranteed cash coming from the Vikings.
Cook has been linked to several contenders this offseason. The New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys surfaced as potential landing spots for the four-time Pro Bowl running back. The Miami Dolphins were the most widely discussed team in the Cook sweepstakes. The Dolphins had an interest in trading for Cook before this year’s draft.
Dalvin Cook wants to play with DeAndre Hopkins
Cook made comments on The Adam Schefter Podcast Monday that seemed to be at odds with his chances of becoming a Dolphins running back. Cook told Schefter he wanted to reach out to another top free agency target this offseason, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Cook said it would be “epic” for the league if he were on the same offense as Hopkins:
“Everybody knows who D-Hop is,” Cook said, calling him a “dynamic player.” “You know what you’re getting out of D-Hop, and you know what he going to bring to your roster. It’s the same for me. Like you know — the film speaks for itself — I don’t really got to do too much like, you know, talking about who Dalvin Cook and DeAndre Hopkins is.
“But we haven’t talked. And he was one of those guys that I was going to reach out to, because, like, I know he got the same mindset as me, like we trying to go win. We’re trying to go on the roster and trying to go contend.”
Adding Hopkins would appear to throw one team out
It would be hard to envision Hopkins and Cook together with the Dolphins this season. According to Over The Cap, the Dolphins have just over $13 million remaining in cap space for the season, and they’re projected to be in the red by $31 million for the 2024 season–so a multi-year deal seems off the table.
Adding Hopkins to the offense might not make the most sense on a roster with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Would Hopkins help Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ offense with Cook in the backfield? Yes, but it would remove cap space from other parts of the roster needing help.
We’ll see if a contender is interested in signing both of these star players. They’re both capable of playing at an elite level, but they’re going to come to that city in want of a big bag.
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