The NY Jets remain one of the teams most frequently connected to rumors surrounding free-agent running back Dalvin Cook. There's a good reason for that too.
Not only have the Jets publicly stated their interest in the four-time Pro Bowler but it's become increasingly apparent that Cook is very receptive to the idea of coming to Florham Park. His social media activity strongly hints that he supports a potential Jets signing.
It's not just that, however. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported on Wednesday that the sense he gets is that Cook would "like to go to" the Jets in free agency. Breer states that there is a "good chance" Cook ends up wearing green and white in 2023.
Of course, just because there is mutual interest between the Jets and Cook doesn't mean a deal is guaranteed to be reached. There are other teams involved, and the Jets would still need to work out an acceptable dollar figure.
Still, it's clear that Cook and the Jets are both interested in a potential union.
The NY Jets are serious contenders to sign Dalvin Cook
Cook was released by the Minnesota Vikings last month after six seasons with the team that drafted him. The former Florida State star has seen his efficiency drop in recent years, but he's still totaled at least 1,100 or more yards on the ground in each of the last four seasons.
Cook remains one of the more productive running backs in football, and despite the obvious tread on his tires, so to speak, he's still only 27 years old. He makes plenty of sense for a Jets team that is exploring ways to upgrade their running back depth.
The Jets are optimistic that Breece Hall will be ready for the start of the 2023 season, but even still, he isn't expected to be handed a full workload out of the gate. The Jets will be leaning on their running back depth, at least early in the season.
There are genuine questions about the Jets' running back depth at the moment. Michael Carter is coming off a disappointing second season in the NFL. Zonovan Knight showed flashes before tapering off last season. Israel Abanikanda is a Day 3 rookie. It's hard to know what to expect from any of those three players.
Cook would provide the Jets with an experienced and productive veteran who can easily shoulder a sizable workload while the team eases Hall back into a prominent role in the offense. That's especially important given the team's difficult schedule to begin the season.
It's easy to see why the Jets are interested in signing Dalvin Cook. Evidently, Cook shares a similar degree of interest. We'll see if this one gets done.