As of Wednesday, four-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook remains a free agent.
The 27-year-old is likely to land with an NFL team at some point before or even during the season, but as of now he seems content to go through the free agency process.
This week, Cook called the search process for a new team «fun.»
«I think on every level I made the right decision when I had the option to go play ball. The process is fun, you accept it,» Cook told FOX 9 News in Minneapolis.
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Cook added that he enjoys being sought out by other organizations.
«If you don’t want to be liked by people, then something is wrong. As long as people love me, I’m fine. I know I’m in the right place. But going through this process has been fun. It’s been different every day, waking up with a different schedule. Just enjoying it. I think when it comes down to it, I make the right choice. I’ve been doing it all my life.»
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The Minnesota Vikings drafted Cook in the second round in 2017, and he became a star player on the team. Cook finished his Vikings career with 5,993 rushing yards and 1,794 receiving yards.
But last month, the Vikings decided to move on from Cook, mainly because of his salary. He signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension with Minnesota in 2020. Cook would have had a significant salary-cap impact had he remained on the roster for the 2023 season.
Cook played in all 17 regular-season games in 2022, but had a career-low 4.4 yards per carry. He also produced the second lowest rushing yards per game (69) of his professional football career.
Cook’s name has recently been linked to the New York Jets. But it’s unclear when he’ll end up playing this upcoming season.
The Miami Dolphins have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Cook. Miami’s running back room already features Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., but in April, the team decided to draft Devon Achane in the third round.
Teams from across the league report to their respective training camps this month.
Running back Alexander Mattison signed a two-year contract extension with the Vikings in the offseason. He will likely start the season as Viking’s main back-room running back.
Mattison was selected in the third round in 2019 out of Boise State. He had 283 rushing yards on 74 carries in 2022.
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The Vikings’ roster also features Ty Chandler and DeWayne McBride at the ball carrier position.