Minnesota Vikings To Release Star RB Dalvin Cook, Fueling High Demand In Free Agency

Photo: Instagram/Dalvin Cook

According to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to part ways with their star running back, Dalvin Cook.

The team had initially sought to trade Cook, who is widely regarded as one of the most dynamic tailbacks in the NFL.

However, no suitable deal materialized, leading to his anticipated release on Friday.

Photo: Instagram/Dalvin Cook

Cook, 27, is expected to attract significant interest as a free agent, with teams such as the Dolphins and Broncos reportedly among those keen on acquiring his services, as confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

During the previous season, Cook showcased his exceptional skills by rushing for an impressive 1,173 yards and catching 39 passes for an additional 295 yards, ultimately reaching the end zone a total of 10 times.

Notably, he has been selected for the Pro Bowl in each of the past four seasons and shows no signs of declining, despite turning 28 in August. There is a strong belief that he still possesses an abundance of star-level talent.

In light of Cook's impending departure, Alexander Mattison, the team's current backup, is set to step into the role of the primary starter in the backfield.

The 24-year-old Mattison, who recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Vikings in March, has proven himself capable with 1,670 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 404 carries over his four seasons with the team since being drafted from Boise State.

As such, he appears ready and poised to assume the coveted starting position.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

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