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Potential Dalvin Cook trade based on his contract

Let the Dalvin Cook sweepstakes continue.

As the calendar quickly approaches June 1st, it feels like a decision on running back Dalvin Cook’s future in Minnesota is nearing.

Reports have surfaced that Cook, 27, would likely not be a Viking next season, but nothing has been guaranteed. General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has yet to show his cards, as Cook remains on the Vikings’ 90-man roster.

However, that may change with June 1st coming up.

A post-June 1st trade would open up a few things for the Vikings, including potential suitors in a trade. Teams like the Miami Dolphins, who were previously rumored to be interested in Cook, would gain $13 million in open cap space following a Post-June 1 release of cornerback Byron Jones.

The Dolphins could use that additional money to make room for Cook in a trade. Vikings Territory writer Sean Borman released a tweet today showcasing what Cook’s contract would look like for a team acquiring him via trade.

According to Borman, the team acquiring Cook would take on an $11 cap hit for 2023. While the Dolphins could not afford quick prior, the additional $13 million from Jones would allow them to facilitate a move.

The Dallas Cowboys could also make a move following June 1. The Cowboys are set to acquire $10.9 million in cap space for a Post-June 1 release, allowing them to make room for Cook.

In either scenario, the draft capital that the Vikings get in a Cook trade would likely be minimal. While Cook is a talented running back, there hasn’t always been a premium market for the position, and Cook is under contract for three more seasons.

As a result, the Vikings will likely only get Day 3 pick or two in a trade for Cook.

The Dolphins have three Day 3 selections in the 2024 NFL Draft and do not own a 4th-round pick. As a result, the Dolphins would likely send a 2024 5th-round pick and, potentially, a 2025 draft pick.

The Cowboys are projected to have four Day 3 selections, including two potential 6th-round compensatory picks. Like the Dolphins, the Cowboys could trade one of their 2024 picks and a 2025 one to make a deal.

 

Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire