Running back hasn’t exactly been a strength for the Bills going back to Allen’s 2018 rookie year. The AFC East club hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2017, when perennial Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy ran for 1,138 yards.
Buffalo’s top rusher of 2022, Devin Singletary, left for the Houston Texans in free agency. Second-year back James Cook and free agent pickup Damien Harris currently lead the Buffalo running back depth chart.
“The Vikings are likely holding out for the best trade package possible before they even consider cutting Cook. He remains productive, but his price tag is expensive and Minnesota could use some salary cap relief….the Bills could offer defensive tackle Ed Oliver and a 2024 sixth-round pick in exchange for Cook and a 2024 fifth-round pick. Swapping Oliver and Cook helps mitigate how much money Buffalo has to move around to take on the Pro Bowl running back.”
The elder Cook has two years remaining on a five-year, $63 million contract he signed with the Vikings back in the 2020 offseason. He has been one of football’s premier running backs over the last four years, rushing for over 1,100 yards each season.
Cook would be joining a Buffalo offense led by an MVP candidate at quarterback plus pass-catching weapons in Pro Bowl Stefon Diggs, speedster Gabe Davis plus the tight end duo of Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid.
Allen is one of the game’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. But in an ideal world, Buffalo would find an elite running back and help take some of the toll off of their franchise star. As such, a trade for Cook truly makes a lot of sense for Buffalo GM Brandon Beane and company if the price is right.
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