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Report: ‘Good chance’ that Dalvin Cook joins NY Jets

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The Dalvin Cook-to-New York Jets rumors are heating up once again

All has been quiet on the Dalvin Cook front over the past couple of weeks. But with training camp on the horizon, the noise surrounding Cook is beginning to reignite.

In a Threads post on Wednesday night, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer said he believes there is a “good chance Cook becomes a Jet.” Breer added that his sense is the Jets are “a team he’d like to go to.”

Via Threads/@albert_breer

Breer theorizes that Cook would make sense for the Jets because he would allow them to be patient with Breece Hall’s recovery.

Cook, who will turn 28 in August, was released by the Vikings in June. While Cook was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2022, he was set to count more than $14 million against the Vikings’ salary cap in 2023, so Minnesota decided to release Cook to save over $9 million in space.

Starting all 17 games for Minnesota in 2022, Cook carried the ball 264 times for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 39 of 56 targets for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

On the downside, Cook averaged a career-low 4.8 yards per touch – his fourth straight season declining in the metric. Cook also performed poorly in various advanced metrics. Among 43 qualified running backs, Cook ranked 39th in EPA per carry (-0.14), 41st in rush yards over expectation per carry (-0.75), and 35th in DVOA (-10.8%).

The Jets’ running back stable currently features Hall, Michael Carter, Zonovan Knight, fifth-round rookie Israel Abanikanda, and undrafted rookie Travis Dye.

While the Jets have not had an official visit with Cook, head coach Robert Saleh did not deny the team’s interest when asked about Cook in June. Saleh said the Jets would “turn the stones over” regarding the four-time Pro Bowler.

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Peter Buell
11 months ago

Based on what the fans know about Breece getting a vet rb is a good idea.
It dosent need to be Cook. Zeke, Fournette or Hunt.
I don’t want to commit more than one year and Cook will want either a high salary this year or a 2 or 3 year deal.
If one of the last 3 it shouldn’t cost much. I’d rather see them address linebacker or safety.
There was talk about trading Huff to Chicago for a 4th rounder which would be insane.
Giving up a guy who has the potential to be the best pass rusher on the team deep in edge rushers.
Ironically Chicago has a deep linebacker room.
I’d trade Bryce Huff and a pick 4th possibly 3rd rounder for LB TJ Edwards.
Quincey Mosely and Edwards gives them at least an average starting linebacker group. Bringing back Kwon as depth makes sense as well.
Edwards makes $800k more than Huff so the money is irreverent.
Linebacker or safety has to be upgraded.

11 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I like your thinking on adding a player or two at S and LB. I do believe someone like Huff is a good trade piece. He’s a good pass rusher in a limited role and strikes me as one of those guys, that the more he plays the “less good” he gets. I am going to sound like a broken record but if someone on the OL steps up, Becton could be traded as well.

Every team has some positions that some younger guys etc. just need to hold things down, S and weak side LB are the “right” positions to do that, so I don’t they the HAVE to make a trade, but if something that makes sense is available they should make a move. It’s different than needing a CB or WR.

Peter Buell
11 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

Yes! and thanks….the one downside of the D last year was too many 3rd and 8+ turning into 1st downs.
With Rodgers here the D should have less time on the field.
With a top 15-20 LB they can eliminate alot of those conversions and spend even less time defending.
Time of possession means so much unless you’re getting beat quickly which wasn’t the Jets problem last year.
It was the death by a 1000 cuts that kept them from truly elite status.