The NY Jets are expected to be one of a handful of teams interested in signing Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook now that he's officially been released by the Minnesota Vikings. Cook's recent Twitter activity sure suggests he's open to the idea as well.
Cook has been 'liking' a number of tweets in recent days relating to the possibility that the Jets could sign him. He hasn't been solely liking Jets tweets, but it's notable just how many have caught his eye.
Evidently, Cook would be very open to the idea of coming to Florham Park. Jets head coach Robert Saleh essentially confirmed the Jets' interest in him when speaking to reporters this week.
Saleh said that the Jets would "turn the stones over" on Cook earlier in the week. That's notably in stark contrast to what Saleh said when asked if the team had any interest in signing DeAndre Hopkins.
It's clear that the Jets are interested in Cook and vice versa, but that doesn't mean a deal is going to get done.
It would be a surprise if the NY Jets signed Dalvin Cook
It makes sense that the Jets would have interest in Cook, seeing as though the team has been sniffing around the running back market all offseason. With Breece Hall still recovering from injury, the Jets are exploring the idea of adding more depth behind him.
The advanced metrics might not love Cook anymore, but he's still coming off four consecutive 1,100-yard seasons, and he did so last year behind a lackluster Vikings offensive line. He still has something left in the tank.
The issue might come down to money, as it so typically does. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero said on a recent episode of The Rich Eisen Show that Cook is looking for a "significant contract."
Pelissero insisted that Cook isn't looking to sign a $4-5 million contract — he wants big money. It's hard to imagine the Jets would have interest in Cook at a price point much higher than that. Nor should they.
There are legitimate questions about the Jets' running back room behind Hall. Michael Carter is coming off a disappointing second season, and Zonovan Knight and rookie Israel Abainkanda are unproven.
That said, it probably wouldn't be wise for the Jets to spend big money on an aging backup running back who ranked dead last in the NFL in RYOE (rushing yards over expected) last season.
Perhaps the Jets explore adding a cheaper veteran running back like Kareem Hunt or Leonard Fournette. They may have some degree of interest in Cook, but they're unlikely to sign him at his asking price.