DeAndre Hopkins, a star wide receiver, is not the only marquee player at a skill position to become a free agent this offseason. Four-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.
As a free agent, Cook should have plenty of serious interest in signing him. After all, the soon-to-be 28-year-old has just over 1,500 career touches and should have some life left in the tank after starting all 16 games last season for the first time in his career.
Where does it leave Cook? Here are the seven best-fitting squads.
For a long time, Miami was thought to be the best option for Cook. The Dolphins have the most room for improvement at running back, offensive line, and tight end, all positions where they have struggled recently.
Although the last two holes appear to be larger on paper, Miami still has to sign Cook. After hearing that the Dolphins and Vikings had discussed trading for Cook, the increased interest is not surprising.
One reason Cook may want to go back to Miami is that he is a Miami native and won a state championship while attending Miami Central Senior High School. Furthermore, he would be a great addition to a backfield that already features Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and the quick youngster De’Von Achane.
Mostert is a competent starter, but he has had trouble avoiding injuries, such as the fractured thumb that ruined his season last year well before the postseason. Wilson excels in supporting or guest-starring roles. At only 188 pounds, Achane may see very limited action in his debut season.
In addition to providing a receiving option, Cook would provide the Fins with a major running option. Even if he isn’t a top-tier passer, he would provide Tua Tagovailoa with another check down option. A club looking to build off of a playoff berth may benefit from adding Cook to the squad.