In the realm of NFL gossip, one of the most surprising rumors making the rounds revolves around star running back Dalvin Cook and a potential offer from his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. Despite parting ways more than a month ago, Cook allegedly has an offer on the table to return to the Vikings for the upcoming 2023 season. However, upon closer examination, the likelihood of such a reunion seems far-fetched and improbable.
Speculation has suggested that the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets were leading contenders to secure Cook’s services, but former NFL quarterback turned radio host, Boomer Esiason, recently claimed that the Vikings have extended an offer to the Pro Bowl running back. This revelation has left many football enthusiasts incredulous, considering the circumstances surrounding Cook’s departure from the team.
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The notion of Minnesota offering Cook a reported $7 million deal seems highly dubious. The Vikings released Cook after he refused to take a pay cut, making it improbable that they would reverse their decision and make a renewed offer. Moreover, the purported offer falls only slightly below Cook’s original salary for the 2023 season, which was set at $11 million. From a strategic standpoint, it would be counterintuitive for the Vikings to bring Cook back, especially after recently re-signing Alexander Mattison to a two-year contract.
On Twitter, a number of users have reacted to the Minnesota Vikings’ offer to Dalvin Cook –
@dalvincook come on bro take the 7 million dollar offer we offered to stay here in Minnesota! @Vikings will have alot of $ free next yr so it works out you’ll get urs just 4 loyalty & willingness to work w/ the team, u got alot of friends here & a home no need to uproot ur life🙏
— Brian C. Edwards (@BrianCEdwards2) July 13, 2023
According to Boomer Esiason, the Minnesota Vikings have a 7 million dollar offer on the table to bring back Dalvin Cook. Vikings fans, do you want Cook back at this price?
— JJDEMARAY (@JJDEMARAY) July 13, 2023
Dalvin Cook has a $7 million dollar offer from the … Minnesota Vikings???!!
— Dan Jablonski (@dan_jablonski) July 10, 2023
— Mike Sports Vibez (@MikeSportsVibes) July 14, 2023
The Vikings appear to have set their sights on the 2023 season with Mattison leading the running back corps. Behind him, a competitive battle for the backup positions ensues among Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu, and rookie Dewayne McBride. While it may be the dream of some devoted Minnesota fans to witness Cook’s return to the field in their team’s colors, the probability of such an outcome is close to non-existent.
As the rumors continue to swirl, it’s important to approach them with skepticism. Although the thought of Cook’s homecoming may capture the imagination of fans, the reality is that the chances of it materializing are extremely slim. Only time will reveal the true course of Cook’s NFL journey, but for now, these rumors remain more fiction than fact.