The Minnesota Vikings released star running back Dalvin Cook on Friday, and the four-time Pro Bowler is expected to garner some interest on the open market. Minnesota has been unable to find a trade partner for Cook due to his large contract, and now, it’s expected he will have the liberty of choosing his next landing spot.
One of those landing spots could be with Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets, who will at least explore the possibility of adding one of the best running backs in the NFL.
“Obviously we’ll turn the stones over on that one,” head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Friday, via SNY. “But again, that’ll probably be more of a Joe [Douglas[ question. I’m not sure how the money works on that.”
This is a pretty notable response, especially considering how Saleh addressed the possibility of adding Ezekiel Elliott earlier in the offseason.
If you are curious about the Jets’ money situation, it’s actually one of the best in the NFL. Per Over The Cap, New York has $24.79 million at its disposal. That ranks No. 4 among all NFL teams. However, keep in mind that the Jets are working on what will surely be a big-time extension for star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
The Jets expect to be a contender in 2023 despite residing in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. This young squad has been on the rise for a couple seasons, and now, they appear to have some stability at the most important position with the addition of Rodgers. Should the Jets pursue Cook? Let’s address a few pros and cons.
Pros of signing Dalvin Cook
He’s a good player
Cook has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons, and is the only NFL player to rush for 1,110-plus yards in each of the last four years. Since 2019, Cook has the third-most rushing yards (5,024), second-most rushing touchdowns (43) and second-most rushing first downs (258). Bottom line, the 27-year-old running back is a…