One of the league’s best running backs in Dalvin Cook is still available, but it may be heralding his next stop.

Cook was released by the Minnesota Vikings as part of salary cap cuts. He was owed $11 million, but now Minnesota will save $9 million on the salary cap with reliable Alexander Mattison waiting in the wings.

The 27-year-old is getting to the heart of the matter in contract talks, and there are plenty of teams that could use his skills.


Minnesota Vikings number 4 Dalvin Cook celebrates a touchdown run with fans against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium on October 9, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Though running back value is a dying breed in the past decade, Cook has made four straight Pro Bowls averaging 1,256 rushing yards in that span and finding the end zone 46 times, and Cook feels there’s a match made in heaven.

The Miami Dolphins running back depth chart is currently led by Raheem Mostert, 31, and Jeff Wilson Jr., who has been on a committee for his entire five-year career.

Dalvin Cook celebrates the touchdown

Dalvin Cook, number 4 of the Minnesota Vikings, celebrates after running for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter of the game at US Bank Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The former Seminole from Florida State was enthused by the talented weapons in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and feels he would be a perfect fit for his plan.

«It’s an exciting situation to come into. You’ve got guys who can stretch the field on the outside, I think the defense is pretty solid for me, Tua [Tagovailoa] when he’s on the field, they get a winning record,» Cook said. NFL SiriusXM Radio. «As a running back, you look for a certain scheme, and I know the scheme I’m good at, and that’s the outside zone, and that’s what the Miami Dolphins run.

«It would be a perfect fit, and the list speaks for itself.»

Dalvin Cook running against the dolphins

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) attempts to reverse direction to reach the end zone during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins on October 16, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida. (Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The last Dolphins running back to make the Pro Bowl was Jay Ajayi in 2016.

Cook rushed for 1,173 yards on 264 carries last year and rushed for eight touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for 295 yards and a pair of scores.