Dalvin Cook with the Vikings.
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Why Dalvin Cook and the Dolphins Are a Perfect Match

Dalvin Cook was released by the Minnesota Vikings, and the four-time Pro Bowl running back makes sense for Miami.

Since the NFL Scouting Combine in March — when Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah failed to commit to whether running back Dalvin Cook would be on the team for the 2023 season — it's been heavily rumored Cook was on his way out.

According to SI's Albert Breer, the Vikings and Miami Dolphins were close to a trade for the star running back in March but it fell apart. Following that, the Dolphins drafted Texas A&M running back Devon Achane.

On Thursday, the Vikings released Cook, according to multiple reports. He joins wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins among big-name free agents in June.

The Vikings will start Alexander Mattison, with DeWayne McBride — a seventh-round draft pick and former UAB running back — backing him up.

Since Cook's release, ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the Dolphins and Denver Broncos want to sign the 27-year-old four-time Pro Bowl player.

However, as The 33rdTeam's Ari Meirov points out, the life of a running back is tough right now.

Of that group listed above, Cook, Ezekiel Elliott and Kareem Hunt are all the same age at 27 and turning 28.

That said, Cook has easily been the most productive, including 264 carries for 1,173 yards, eight touchdowns, 39 receptions for 295 yards, and two touchdowns last season.

So now, with reports of the Dolphins and Broncos being interested, where does Cook ultimately sign?

Expect Dalvin Cook to Swim With the Dolphins

Dalvin Cook #4 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during overtime at U.S. Bank Stadium

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Cook grew up in Miami and was born there on Aug. 10, 1995. He attended Miami Central High School, and when he opted to go to Florida State over Miami, that was viewed as a big deal by many in the community.

Now, Cook has a chance to return home to finish his career.

While the other running backs may be having issues with contracts and the financial side of things, Cook has an opportunity to go back home — likely on the cheap — and help a running back room with Achane, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr. and more compete.

The team is loaded and ready to go. And Cook, although he'd be in a backfield with many names, would be the starter.

No odds are posted for Cook's next landing spot, but this seems like a match made in heaven for the team and the player.

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