New info points to Vikings wanting to move on from Dalvin Cook

(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

Despite Dalvin Cook still being under contract, the Minnesota Vikings reportedly had interest in free-agent running back David Montgomery this offseason.

With Dalvin Cook still a current member of their roster, it was a bit odd when we found out that running back Alexander Mattison had decided to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings in March.

Mattison probably could have competed for a starting job with another team this year, but instead, he chose to return to the Vikings, a place where he has been the No. 2 running back since he was drafted in 2019.

Some believe Cook still won’t be on Minnesota’s roster by the start of the 2023 regular season and that Mattison re-signed in part because he knows he’ll now get a shot to be the top guy in the team’s offensive backfield. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s how things will truly turn out.

Recent report indicates Minnesota Vikings are likely moving on from Dalvin Cook sooner than later

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs on Friday, the Vikings were among the teams “in the mix” to try and sign free-agent running back, and former member of the Chicago Bears, David Montgomery, this offseason.

Montgomery ultimately decided to sign a contract with the Detroit Lions, but the fact that Minnesota had even an ounce of interest in landing him points to them wanting to part with Cook sooner than later.

In his last three seasons with the Bears, Montgomery started 43 games, and he averaged almost 270 touches per year. The Vikings were not going to bring him in to be a backup behind Cook.

With this in mind, and Mattison back on the roster for another season, will Minnesota end up figuring out a way to trade Cook by the end of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft?

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