Dalvin Cook has been one of the best running backs in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Cook with the 41st overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft and he quickly repaid their faith in him.
Cook made the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons, combined for 5,024 yards rushing and 43 touchdowns in that span.
But now he’s officially in search of a new home.
Minnesota parted ways with Cook on June 9 after they failed to find an adequate trade package for the star back. He had previously signed a five-year, $63 million contract with the Vikings which began in the 2021 season.
Now he’ll have his pick of teams heading in the 2023 season. With teams like the Cowboys, Jets, Broncos and Dolphins all being linked.
He recently appeared on The Adam Schefter Podcast and discussed what he’s looking for in a new team.
“I’m looking for that value of Dalvin Cook,” Cook said. “If I walk into a situation, it’s going to be a situation where I can help somebody go take that next step of trying to go get that Lombardi Trophy. That’s all I’ve got my mind on. The money part is going to come. That’s my agent’s part. Me, Dalvin Cook, I’m looking for somebody that’s ready to go win. I can be the piece to go help somebody to turn the page of go win and turn the franchise to go get a Lombardi Trophy. That’s all I want. I want to hold that trophy up, kiss it one time. That’s all I’m looking for right now.”
That would appear to rule out the Broncos. But it must be encouraging to hear for the Cowboys, Jets and Dolphins. Though all three teams also have alternate options at running back.
Cook’s future could also depend on the status of free agent wide receive De’Andre Hopkins.
Could we see DeAndre Hopkins and Dalvin Cook on the same team? 👀
Cook said it would be "epic" for the NFL if the two played together.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 20, 2023
The star running back says he’d like to team up with the former Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver. Whether that’s actually possible or not, however, is yet to be seen.