There are son rumors about Dalvin Cook. Apparently, there’s some talk going around in the league that he might be facing a suspension. Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk mentioned it: “There has been chatter in league circles regarding hesitation arising from the possibility of a suspension.”
It all started with news about a settlement offer in Cook’s 2021 Domestic Violence case. This has raised some concerns about his off-field status and could impact his chances of getting a contract before the upcoming season.
Cook has been playing for the Vikings while the case has been going on, and he even made counterclaims for defamation. But now, with this new development, things are getting a bit murky for him.
According to Rochelle Olson from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cook offered his ex-girlfriend a hefty sum of $1 million to clear himself of any wrongdoing after an alleged physical assault incident. The trial for the Domestic Violence case is set for next year, so any potential suspension might not happen until the 2024 NFL season.
Will he sign with Belichick’s Patriots?
Now, when it comes to his potential new team, the Patriots are one of the top contenders, along with the Dolphins and the Jets from the AFC East. The Dolphins have been in the mix from the beginning, considering Cook’s Miami roots. As for the Jets, they’re trying to bolster their roster for a playoff run, possibly led by Aaron Rodgers.
But why isn’t there a bigger market for Cook, and why aren’t there more teams bidding? Well, this “devaluation of the running back” trend might be a factor. Other star running backs like Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs are holding out for their $10 million tags, protesting the perceived decline in the value of running backs.
But there’s more to it. The lawsuit involving Cook’s ex-girlfriend is making things complicated. She’s claiming that he assaulted her and caused severe injuries, and there’s even talk of him offering her hush money. Cook, on the other hand, is counter-suing. These legal issues are definitely influencing teams’ decisions in pursuing him.