Blockbuster Dalvin Cook trade with Dolphins almost happened in March

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

According to a recent report, the Minnesota Vikings almost completed a trade that would have sent Dalvin Cook to the Miami Dolphins back in March.

Speculation about the future of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook in the Twin Cities has really ramped up in the last few days, and now, a new report revealed that he was almost traded to the Miami Dolphins earlier this offseason.

In an article shared on Monday, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported that the Vikings and Dolphins "came very close to a trade" back in March that would have resulted in Cook landing with Miami.

Since then, the Vikings and Dolphins have both drafted new running backs, and Minnesota is still left wondering what they're going to do with Cook before the upcoming 2023 season.

Could the Minnesota Vikings still trade Dalvin Cook to the Miami Dolphins?

Despite a reported trade with Miami falling through in March, some believe the Vikings could still end up trading their veteran running back to the Dolphins in the near future.

Miami just had a bunch of cap space clear up after June 1st (more than $13 million), which makes acquiring Cook at his current salary a little more possible. But Breer believes the Dolphins might have already filled their desire to add a "big-play back" this offseason with their selection of former Texas A&M running back Devon Achane in the third round of this year's NFL Draft.

Breer also shared that Minnesota has discussed the possibility of using Cook "more sparingly, more sparingly, as an explosive complement to Alexander Mattison" if they end up bringing him back for the 2023 season.

That would certainly be an interesting move considering Cook has never been a No. 2 running back, or even a 1B running back, in his NFL career, and he's coming off a season in which he rushed for more than 1,100 yards for the fourth year in a row.

Would the Vikings really bring Cook back and split carries between him and Mattison next season? That doesn't sound very believable, but we'll just have to wait and see until an actual decision about Cook's future with Minnesota is made.