Former FSU football running back great Dalvin Cook had been without a home since the Minnesota Vikings released him in June, making him a free agent.
Cook flirted with the hometown Miami Dolphins but ultimately will find himself in the Big Apple with the New York Jets, according to multiple reports Monday evening.
NFL reporter Adam Schefter reported Cook will sign with the New York Jets on a one-year deal worth up to 8.6 million dollars. Cook had spent the last six years of his career with Vikings, the team who drafted him in the secod round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He battled injuries in his first two seasons, but has been one of the best running backs in the NFL over the last four seasons. He has made the Pro Bowl the last four seasons, rushing for at least 1,100 yards and at least 34 receptions and over 200 receiving yards.
Cook scored 43 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in that time. The Vikings cut Cook to save at least 14.1 million dollars against their salary cap. Cook turned 28 years old a couple of days ago and will join Aaron Rogers and former FSU defensive end Jermaine Johnson in New York. The Jets finished the 2022 season 7-10 after a 6-3 start.
They didn’t have much of a running game, with no running back rushing for more than 463 yards. Jets’ 2022 second-round selection, Breece Hall, is recovering from an ACL tear and meniscus damage. Dalvin Cook is essentially a plug-and-play high-level player paired with Aaron Rogers, that could both players could benefit.
The threat of Rogers through the air could open up things for Cook, unlike some of the things he had to deal with in Minnesota. Cook may be trending towards the latter part of his career, but it’s great he’ll finally get a chance in a big market to show what he has left in the tank.