Dalvin Cook will be released by the Vikings, a source claims

Running back Dalvin Cook has been informed by the Minnesota Vikings that he will be released, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
Thursday is when the Vikings are anticipated to make one more attempt to trade Cook; if unsuccessful, they want to proceed with his release on Friday, the person said. Cook’s six-year employment in Minnesota will expire in any case.
When Cook is released, the Miami Dolphins are predicted to be interested in signing him, according to sources, according to Schefter.
Cook, who turns 28 in August, was expected to take up $14.1 million in cap space in 2023 and would have earned $11 million if he spent the entire season with the Vikings. Those are important stats for a running back who has over 1,500 touches in his career and is ageing.The Vikings could owe Cook $2 million in the event that they launched him. By doing so after June 1, the Vikings would free up $9 million in salary space, but they would also incur $5.1 million in vain coins on their 2023 cap.
When questioned about Cook’s anticipated availability on Thursday, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel declined to comment and praised his current core of running backs, which includes veterans Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Myles Gaskin as well as youngster Devon Achane.
Overall, extremely pleased with how they have been practicing, and quite pleased with their friendly competition, according to McDaniel. It has been a fun camp for them because even though they are all competing to be the best, they aren’t doing it against one another and they are aware of how each other can make them better.

After the Vikings re-signed Cook’s longstanding backup, Alexander Mattison, to a contract that contained $6.35 million in full guarantees over the following few seasons, the long-rumored breakup appeared to be inevitable. After that move, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was given several chances to comment, but he steadfastly declined to predict whether Cook would be on the Vikings’ roster in 2023.
Mattison is anticipated to replace Ty Chandler as the team’s starting tailback, with rookie DeWayne McBride and 2022 backups Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler vying for the No. 2 spot. Last month, during scheduled team workouts, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell noted that Mattison has been displaying “that all-three-down kind of ownership that he’s been capable of for a long time.
Cook, a second-round pick in the 2017 draught, had trouble staying on the field for a large portion of the beginning of his tenure in Minnesota. Due to a ruptured ACL, his rookie season was cut short after four games. The following four seasons each saw him miss two to five games due to various additional injuries. He eventually had to spend a significant portion of his career wearing a harness due to a severe shoulder issue.
Nevertheless, between 2019 and 2022, he was able to post four seasons of at least 1,000 yards and score a total of 29 rushing touchdowns. After his debut season, he averaged 42 receptions per season, demonstrating his effectiveness as a receiver.

Cook, who separated his shoulder in Week 3, yet managed to start each game for the first time in his career in 2022. But with O’Connell’s new system, he ended with the fewest touches (17.8) and scrimmage yards (86 per game), both of which were lowest since he started playing on a full-time basis in 2019.
In 2022, he accomplished two of his career’s six longest runs: a 53-yard touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in week six and an 81-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in week ten. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, he reached a top speed of 21.68 mph on the latter, which is the seventh-fastest speed of any ball carrier in 2022.
His efficiency numbers, which gauge the proportion of carries that result in a win, however, sharply declined. With 62 carries that either lost or did not gain a yard, he topped the NFL. And according to Next Gen Stats’ model, only 34.5% of his runs resulted in a positive total of yards gained over expectation, which is the second-lowest rate among running backs with at least 200 carries in 2022, according to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell.

However, his efficiency metrics—which measure the percentage of carries that end in a victory—dramatically decreased. He led the NFL with 62 carries that either lost or did not gain a yard. Additionally, according to the Next Gen Stats model, only 34.5% of his carries led to a gain of more than expected yards, which is the second-lowest rate among running backs with at least 200 carries in 2022, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.

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