Dalvin Cook has found his new team.
The former Minnesota Vikings star agreed to a one-year, $8.6 million deal with the New York Jets on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cook has spent his entire career with the Vikings, who selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He racked up 5,993 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns while boasting a healthy 4.7 yards per carry since entering the league. He made the Pro Bowl the past four seasons while rushing for at least 1,000 yards each year.
Cook ran for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season and helped lead the Vikings to a playoff berth for the first time since the 2019 season.
The decision to join the Jets caps off a summer of speculation for one of the better running backs in the NFL. The Vikings released Cook in June after failing to find a trade partner for him. Cook signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension with the team in 2020, though only $2 million of his salary was guaranteed in 2023. He would’ve counted for $14.1 million against the cap if he remained on the roster.
At the least, Cook’s addition should allow Hall to step carefully on his road to recovery. Beyond Cook and Hall, the Jets also house third-year back Michael Carter and second-season rusher Bam Knight, who have showed promise aplenty in the past, as well.
Cook will need to acclimate himself to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s offense and knock off any rust, of course. He said on GMFB he’d been working out in Florida since his release by the Vikings.
Another concern is Cook’s career has been dotted with injury problems, as he played in just 15 games over his initial two seasons. However, it’s notable that he played in all 18 of Minnesota’s games in 2023 (including playoffs), marking the first time he played a full season. Though Cook’s yards per attempt (4.4) were a career low, he still proved to be every part a multi-tool back, able to hit a home run, grind out the hard yards and lend helping hands out of the backfield.
The already present excitement surrounding the Jets offense’s potential has increased with the addition of Cook — right along with the hope and the hype.
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