Dalvin Cook – RB
On the whole, it looks like Dalvin Cook has been having himself a fine 2022 season with the Vikings. But if anyone has truly watched each of Minnesota’s 14 games this year, they would know that Cook hasn’t exactly been himself.
His current yards per carry average is tied for the worst in his NFL career (4.5), and his current yards per touch average (5.0) is the second-worst for a single season during his tenure in the league.
That being said, Cook did just surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth year in a row, and he’s scored a total of 10 touchdowns this season (eight rushing, two receiving).
However, he’s no longer in the prime of his career at age of 27, and he’s going to cost the Vikings a boatload of money in 2023.
The possibility of freeing up almost $8 million in cap space is the biggest reason for Minnesota to listen to trade offers for Cook during the upcoming offseason. The running back talent in the 2023 draft pool and the 2023 free-agent class that could be had for a much cheaper amount is another big reason for the Vikings to consider trading their top rusher next year.
With Cook currently scheduled to account for more than $14 million of Minnesota’s 2023 salary cap, it would be in the team’s best interest to see if they can unload him and find a cheaper replacement during the upcoming offseason.