Over the past couple of days, things have gotten more serious in regards to a potential Dalvin Cook release, and the Buffalo Bills should be paying close attention.
At one point, it was assumed the Vikings would trade the star running back in order to save some money against the cap, while rolling with Alexander Mattison as their lead rusher for 2023. But, the further into the offseason we get, that’s not looking like it’s going to happen.
In fact, now, it appears as though the Vikings will end up cutting ties with the 4-time 1,000-yard rusher. If Minnesota does indeed release Cook, he’ll get swept up in a hurry, and the Bills are certainly a team to watch when looking at his next home.
It seems like a no-brainer for the Bills to pursue the former second-round pick, and there are multiple reasons why.
Why the Buffalo Bills should pursue Dalvin Cook if he’s cut: This season is Super Bowl or bust
The first reason why Buffalo should pursue Cook is pretty simple: he’s a phenomenal talent, and the Bills are in the business of winning a Super Bowl and winning it soon; as in, this season.
This offense is thought to be one more playmaker away from being a Super Bowl offense, and Cook’s presence would definitely count as that key playmaker. Although Buffalo should still look at wide receivers, Cook’s ability to draw the attention of a defense will allow Josh Allen to have less pressure mounting on his shoulders.
Buffalo’s salary cap table is extremely top-heavy, which is usually only the case if a team is looking to win now, and that’s exactly what they’re trying to do. If you have an opportunity, as Brandon Beane, to add a guy who’s made four-straight Pro Bowls and can become a focal point of your offense, you do it, period.
But, Cook’s talent alone isn’t the only reason to go get him. There are legitimate concerns at the running back position, for those who may not know.