RB Dalvin Cook Receiving Interest

Dalvin Cook remains one of the top running backs on the open market. No agreement is imminent at this point, but he does appear to be on the radar of potential new teams.

When speaking about his ongoing free agency, Cook said he has been “taking calls” from teams eyeing an addition in the backfield. The four-time Pro Bowler’s value obviously took a hit in 2023, a season in which he hardly saw the field. Cook’s Jets tenure involved just 67 scoreless carries and it ended in less than one year. His Ravens stint also consisted of sparse usage.

“Just really focusing on myself,” Cook said (video link via Aaron Wilson of KPR2). “Getting ready for training camp, getting ready for what’s coming up next. For me, like you said, patience is the key. Right now the only thing I’m really focusing on is getting myself in tip-top shape to really tote the rock come the fall.”

Cook said last month he feels his light 2023 workload should allow him to return to his previous form this year. He topped 1,100 rushing yards and averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry each season from 2019-22 with the Vikings. No acquiring team will likely expect a repeat of those figures in 2024, but Cook could prove to be an effective addition this late in the offseason.

As the 28-year-old said, he is still not urgently pursuing an agreement. He waited until mid-August last offseason to secure a one-year Jets deal. Especially considering how that arrangement played out, it would come as no surprise if teams moved slowly in considering a Cook signing this time around. A role should nevertheless await him on a new team by the time the regular season begins.

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