Report: Dolphins and Broncos have monitored Dalvin Cook for weeks, expected to show interest in him

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The Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos reportedly have been monitoring running back Dalvin Cook for weeks and are expected to show interest in him if he is released by the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Vikings are going to try to trade Cook one last time on Thursday. If they are unsuccessful, they will process his release on Friday.

While Miami and Denver are among the top suitors for Cook, there could be other teams interested in the four-time Pro Bowler’s services. Cook appeared in all 17 games for the Vikings last season, picking up 1,173 rushing yards in the process.

Last season was the veteran running back’s fourth straight campaign with over 1,000 rushing yards for the Vikings, but he did average the fewest yards per carry of his career (4.4).

Miami could make sense for Cook, and he reportedly is interested in joining either the Dolphins or Buffalo Bills.

While Miami is expected to make an offer, it may not be for enough money to convince Cook to join the team.

The Dolphins could use an upgrade at the running back position, but their current running back room is pretty crowded.

Miami brought back Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed in the offseason and proceeded to pick De’Von Achane in the 2023 NFL Draft. That likely means that one of those players wouldn’t make the final roster if Cook were signed.

For Denver, Cook could be a solid running mate for young running back Javonte Williams, who missed most of the 2022 season with an injury. Denver also signed veteran Samaje Perine in the offseason.

Cook is a dynamic playmaker, although he is starting to get up there in age. He is a capable pass catcher out of the backfield, making at least 34 receptions in every season since the 2018 campaign. In the 2022 campaign, he had 295 receiving yards and two receiving scores.

Minnesota is likely having a hard time moving Cook because of his salary. The team would save $9 million in cap room and carry only $5 million in dead money by cutting Cook.

With Cook’s career in Minnesota essentially over, the Dolphins can prepare to make a run at him.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.