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NY Jets to host free agent RB Dalvin Cook for visit

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Dalvin Cook will officially visit with the New York Jets after months of speculation

One day after agreeing to terms with Aaron Rodgers on a reworked contract that featured a $35 million reduction in guaranteed money, the New York Jets are already exploring a potential way to use the newly freed-up cash.

Free agent running back Dalvin Cook is flying to New York today to visit with the Jets, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Josina Anderson reports the visit is scheduled for Sunday but could be moved up.

Cook has spent the past few months liking a plethora of tweets that pitched him on coming to the Jets. He has also recently followed many Jets-related accounts, including Jets X-Factor’s own Robby Sabo.

Last but not least, Cook is scheduled to appear on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football tomorrow – which is filmed in Manhattan.

Cook, who turns 28 in August, has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past four seasons. The 2017 second-round pick out of Florida State rushed for 5,993 yards and 47 touchdowns across six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He also caught 221 passes for 1,794 yards and five touchdowns.

The Vikings released Cook in June to clear $9 million in salary cap space. While Cook is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he accumulated 1,468 total yards and 10 total touchdowns, he averaged a career-low in yards per carry (4.4) and rated as one of the league’s least efficient running backs in most advanced metrics.

The Jets are hoping Breece Hall can anchor their backfield for years to come, but with Hall coming off an ACL injury, the Jets can use extra security at the running back position.

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Peter Buell
9 months ago

I’m not crazy about Cook. If you’re paying attention to the Raiders they didn’t give a deal to Josh Jacobs who had over 2,000 combined yards last season. They slapped the $10m tag on him and even b4 that he asked for a trade.
He’s not reporting to camp and hasn’t practiced at all so it’s more than likely than not he will be traded.
The Raiders have even mentioned pulling the tag (a totally Raiders thing to do) which would make him a free agent.
While I can’t see even the Raiders letting him go free for nothing Josh Jacobs fits the Jets like a green and white glove.
Jacobs will be 25 throughout the season (unless in the Super Bowel lol)
Dalvin Cook will be 28 before the season starts so he’s 3 years older.
I know the Jets are without a 1st rounder next year but if Josh Jacobs can be wearing Jet colors this season a 3rd rounder (hopefully a very low 3rd) would be good business.
Of course a deal will need to come with a new deal. I’d say 3/$27 with $18-$20 guaranteed.
I can’t see Cook taking less than $7 per and those 3 years could make a big difference in performance between the two.
Aside from Devonte Adams becoming a Jet and taking a salary cut because while the next 2 years of $14+ and $21m+ are fine, his years 3 and 4 are each a $44m cap hit..So aside from DA I can’t think of another skill position player who moves the needle like Jacobs.
He would be the lead back till Breece is 100%, then they share the load and hopefully each add years to thier careers having each other as partners!
Please make me very happy Joe D!!!

9 months ago

Ok, so your dislike for this move has been well documented, let’s look at it this way, and let me make a case for signing him is a good move: Hall is the #1 back, if Cook came here and duplicated the 4.4 yards per carry (even if that means only popping a few big runs with some avg results) do you think that’s helpful?

The thing about the numbers is they are compared to Cook himself when he was one of the top RB’s in the league. Ok, so let’s say he’s not that, but how does his production, or projected production compare to the other backs in the league that are considered #2?

I know you don’t like the drops and the fumbles (a concern of mine) but do those numbers change with a lesser role? I think they do, and don’t see how this is a bad move in terms of the player. The money is another story, I can’t see them committing to more than 1 year, so factor in a “contract year” as motivation for Cook. Basically, he’d be playing for his next contract, he’s still only 28, yes “older for a RB” but not too old to pop off for one season.

Side note from your podcast: Trading Mims now vs. later in the pre-season was the move. He can’t be taking reps from some of the younger guys they are trying to develop in hopes he will increase his trade value. I loved Mims coming out, and was thrilled with the pick, clearly the mental part of the game and expanding the routes is a problem for him. Time to move on, and develop other players. Keeping him would be as Parcells would say “a progress stopper.”