It has been revealed that the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins were on the cusp of a trade back in March that would have sent star running back Dalvin Cook to Miami.
Although the deal ultimately fell through, reports suggest that the Dolphins’ interest in Cook may still linger as his future with the Vikings remains uncertain.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the failed trade attempt sheds light on the evolving narrative surrounding Cook’s career. The Dolphins, armed with explosive receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, sought to add another big-play threat to their offensive arsenal.
The potential acquisition of Cook was aimed at creating a formidable trio of playmakers. However, circumstances prevented the deal from materializing at that time.
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Meanwhile, the Vikings, after the trade fell through, contemplated Cook’s value and discussed utilizing him in a reduced role alongside the promising Alexander Mattison, who they re-signed this offseason.
They even bolstered their running back depth by selecting DeWayne McBride in the seventh round of the 2023 draft. With McBride joining Ty Chandler and Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota aimed to have more options and flexibility in their decision-making process regarding Cook’s usage.
Now, with rumors swirling of Cook’s potential release from the Vikings, the question arises: Will the Dolphins still pursue the talented running back? Although they addressed their desire for a big-play back by selecting Texas A&M’s ultra-explosive Devon Achane in the third round of the draft, the allure of acquiring a proven NFL star like Cook may still entice Miami.
The Dolphins’ initial interest in Cook suggests that they are actively seeking to bolster their offense and surround their young quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, with additional weapons.
Cook’s ability to contribute as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield would undoubtedly add a dynamic element to Miami’s offensive game plan.
However, the Dolphins’ offseason moves, including the selection of Achane, may indicate a shift in their priorities. The rookie running back brings tremendous speed and explosiveness to the table, potentially mitigating the urgency to pursue Cook. Nonetheless, given Cook’s proven track record in the league, it would not be surprising if Miami’s interest is reignited should he become available