The Vikings had been anticipated to attempt to commerce Cook dinner another time Thursday, however now plan to course of his launch Friday, in response to a supply. It should carry an finish to Cook dinner’s six-year tenure in Minnesota.
The Miami Dolphins are anticipated to have an curiosity in signing Cook dinner as soon as he’s launched, sources advised Schefter.
Cook dinner, who turns 28 in August, was set to take up $14.1 million in cap area for 2023 and was resulting from earn $11 million if he spent the season with the Vikings. These are massive numbers for an ageing working again who surpassed 1,500 touches in his profession final season.
The Vikings would owe Cook dinner $2 million in the event that they launch him. By doing so after June 1, the Vikings would save $9 million in cap area whereas taking over $5.1 million in lifeless cash on their 2023 cap.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel declined to remark about Cook dinner’s anticipated availability when requested Thursday and complimented his present group of working backs, which incorporates veterans Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Myles Gaskin and rookie Devon Achane.
“Total, very pleased with the way in which they’ve practiced, very pleased with their aggressive camaraderie,” McDaniel mentioned. “They’re all attempting to be one of the best, however they don’t seem to be doing it regardless of one another and so they acknowledge that every one among them may also help them get higher, so it has been a cool camp for them.”
The long-rumored break up appeared sure after the Vikings re-signed Cook dinner’s longtime backup, Alexander Mattison, to a contract that included $6.35 million in full ensures over the following few seasons. Given a number of alternatives after that transfer, basic supervisor Kwesi Adofo-Mensah refused to take a position on whether or not Cook dinner can be on the Vikings’ 2023 roster.
Mattison is predicted to take over because the staff’s main tailback, with 2022 backups Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler — and probably rookie DeWayne McBride — competing for the No. 2 function. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned final month throughout organized staff actions that Mattison has been demonstrating “that all-three-down type of possession that he is been able to for a very long time.”
Cook dinner, a second-round draft choose in 2017, struggled to remain on the sphere for a lot of the early a part of his profession in Minnesota. His rookie season ended after 4 video games due to a torn ACL, and an assortment of different accidents value him between two and 5 video games in every of the following 4 seasons. A continual shoulder harm finally compelled him to put on a harness for lengthy stretches of his profession.
He nonetheless managed to provide 4 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons between 2019 to 2022 and scored a mixed 29 speeding touchdowns in the course of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He additionally proved to be an efficient receiver, averaging 42 receptions per season after his rookie yr.
Cook dinner managed to start out each sport in 2022 for the primary time in his profession, even after separating his shoulder in Week 3. However he completed with a mean of 17.8 touches and 86 yards from scrimmage per sport in O’Connell’s new scheme — each the bottom since he turned a full-time participant in 2019.
He did knock off two of the six longest runs of his profession in 2022: a 53-yard rating in Week 6 in opposition to the Miami Dolphins and an 81-yard landing in Week 10 in opposition to the Buffalo Payments. On the latter, he recorded a high pace of 21.68 mph, in response to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, the seventh-fastest pace of any ball provider in 2022.
However his effectivity numbers, which measure the frequency of carries that produce a constructive final result, dipped noticeably. He led the NFL with 62 carries that both misplaced or didn’t achieve a yard. And as ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell famous, solely 34.5% of his carries gained a constructive complete of yards over expectation in Subsequent Gen Stats’ mannequin, the second-lowest fee amongst working backs with not less than 200 carries in 2022.
Cook dinner underwent shoulder surgical procedure Feb. 14 in hopes of avoiding the continual separations he has had. On the time, the Vikings mentioned he can be absolutely recovered in time for the common season. He had not been collaborating within the voluntary portion of the Vikings’ offseason program, and the timing of his departure means there shall be no conflict over whether or not he reviews for necessary minicamp later this month.