The Minnesota Vikings have informed running back Dalvin Cook that they plan on releasing him, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Minnesota is making one last ditch effort to trade Cook, and if they are unable to, Schefter says they plan to release him on Friday, ending his six-year tenure with the Vikings.
Schefter reports that the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos are expected to have an interest in signing the Florida State product once he’s released:
Cook turns 28 in August and was set to take up $14.1 million in cap space for 2023 and was due to make $11 million if he spent the season in Minnesota. That was clearly too big of a number the Vikings were willing spend on a running back, despite Cook rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of the last four seasons.
The Vikings would owe Cook $2 million if they release him. By doing so after June 1, the Vikings would save $9 million in cap space while taking on $5.1 million in dead money on their 2023 cap.
The writing was on the wall for Cook once the Vikings re-signed his longtime backup, Alexander Mattison, to a contract that included $6.35 million in guarantees over the next two seasons.
We’ll see where Cook lands once his release becomes official.