Dalvin Cook remains on the open market, but his time as a free agent could be coming to a close soon. Since his release by the Minnesota Vikings in June, the 27-year-old running back has been linked to a number of potential suitors. He’s scheduled to meet with the New York Jets, and the rumor mill is swirling with speculation that a deal could be imminent. Let’s take a look at the latest odds on Dalvin Cook’s next team.
Latest Dalvin Cook odds for next team
|New York Jets
|New England Patriots
|Las Vegas Raiders
|Kansas City Chiefs
Following Cook’s release from the Vikings, much of the speculation on his next team centered on the Dolphins. The story has taken several twists and turns since that point. As the odds board suggests, a clear favorite has emerged, but two other teams appear to have at least some hope of landing his services.
- New York Jets (-400): Breece Hall was explosive during his abbreviated rookie season, but he’s now on the comeback trail from a torn ACL. Over the offseason, the Jets soared up the Super Bowl futures board with the trade for Aaron Rodgers. The new QB has since restructured his contract and freed up some money for the Jets. The stars could be aligning for Cook to land in New York.
- New England Patriots (+425): The Patriots have been a strong contender to sign Cook since his initial release. New England’s backfield is currently led by Rhamondre Stevenson, who was a big part of the Patriots’ offense a season ago. The offense would immediately receive a lift if a player of Cook’s caliber comes to town.
- Miami Dolphins (+850): The Dolphins’ passing game projects to be explosive once again. The tag-team duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle is one of the league’s top wide receiver combos. The backfield appears to be headed toward a committee approach, but plans would likely change if Cook winds up in Miami.
Why did the Vikings release Dalvin Cook?
Cook would have counted for $14.1 million of the Vikings’ salary cap this season. If he spent the entire season in Minnesota, he was due $11 million. The release costs the team $2 million in actual money to Cook and a total of $5.1 million in cap space.
Financial considerations aside, there have been rumblings throughout the offseason that he and the team would be parting ways. While Cook made it through last season unscathed, that hasn’t been the case for his career in total.
He suited up for 13 games in 2021 and 14 in each of the two seasons prior to that. Despite the missed time, Cook has racked up over 1,000 rushing yards and 200+ receiving yards for the last four years straight.
The team now hands the reins of the backfield over to Alexander Mattison, who entered the offseason as a free agent. Minnesota re-signed him to a two-year, $7 million deal in March, $6.35 of which is fully guaranteed, including a $2.5 million signing bonus.
What this means for the Vikings
Prior to the release of Cook, the Vikings were hovering around the middle of the board in Super Bowl odds. To win the NFC North, the club was the second choice in betting odds, behind the Detroit Lions. Here’s where the team’s odds currently stand in key categories.
Last season, Minnesota had a record of 13-4 and easily clinched the division crown. However, the regular season success didn’t carry over to the postseason. In the playoffs, the Vikings lost to the New York Giants in the wild card round.
Betting odds are pointing to the Lions as the favorite in the division this season. Minnesota was seventh in odds to win the NFC in advance of parting ways with Cook.
Cook is coming off another productive campaign, with 1,468 combined yards and 10 total touchdowns. He played in all 17 regular season games, the first time he has turned that trick in his pro career. In the playoff loss to the Giants, he accounted for 70 total yards.
Mattison steps into the lead back spot in Minnesota. Throughout his four-year tenure with the Vikings, he has performed well in a complementary role and has also stepped up when Cook has missed time due to injury.