The Buffalo Bills have widely been mentioned as a front-runner to acquire Minnesota Vikings’ star running back Dalvin Cook.
But if Buffalo GM Brandon Beane is keen on trading for Cook, he may want to close out the deal before a division foe sweeps in. That’s because a new report indicates that one of the Bills’ main rivals are in on the Cook sweepstakes as well.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Miami Dolphins previously spoke with the Vikings about a possible trade for the Pro Bowl running back:
“Cook won’t play for Minnesota at his current number ($11 million) this year. The Vikings have come close to trading him, going deep into talks with Miami a couple of months back. But all along, the communication has been good, and the team has been open to bringing him back on a reduced number. It wasn’t like that with Smith.”
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In 2020, Cook and the Vikings agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $63 million. The investment has been worthwhile for both sides, as Cook has recorded three straight 1,000-yard seasons since signing the extension.
Both the Bills and Dolphins make sense as potential landing spots for the veteran running back. Buffalo, for one, hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since LeSean McCoy crossed the mark back in 2017.
And of course, Dalvin’s younger brother James is entering his second season with the organization. Buffalo selected the younger Cook in the second round of last year’s draft.
Raheem Mostert was Miami’s leading rusher with 891 yards, but he’s injury-prone and just 31 years of age. Cook has been a top-five running back in the NFL over the past four years, so of course it makes sense for the Dolphins to land him as well.
Cook, who turns 28 years of age on Aug. 10, rushed for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns with the Vikings last year.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.