Dalvin Cook makes it to non-Pro Bowl Pro Bowl

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The injury to Cowboys running back Tony Pollard has opened a spot on the non-Pro Bowl Pro Bowl roster. That spot for the game that won’t be played will go to Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

Cook rushed for 1,173 yards on 264 carries in 2022, his fourth 1,000-yard season.

He becomes the sixth Vikings player to join the NFC non-Pro Bowl Pro Bowl team.

The move comes at a time when chatter has increased that Cook possibly has played his last game with the Vikings. He has a $10.4 million salary in 2023, and $2 million of it becomes fully guaranteed on March 17.

The cap-strapped Vikings could squeeze him to take less, or they could just cut him and replace him, either with Alexander Mattison or someone else.

10 responses to “Dalvin Cook makes it to non-Pro Bowl Pro Bowl

  1. The pro-bowl should be named the game of very average players because the real talent is either still playing, just played or simply said no because they have zero to prove so why take the chance.

  2. Mattison is a unrestricted free agent so replacing Cook with him would require signing him to a new (and likely expensive) contract and absorb a 6 million dead cap hit for cutting Cook. That makes zero sense.

  3. Mattison is a decent RB, but he reads the correct running lane about only 50% of the time. Rather have Cook if he renegotiates his contract.

  4. When healthy this guy is explosive and a game changer. He and Jacobs would be the huge names on the RB market if he hits FA

  5. I’d like Dalvin to structure. I don’t think he’s an every down back. His burst is still there but he has no power. A third down or change of pace back would be great. Mattison is a lesser version of Dalvin so I don’t see him sticking around.

  6. He’s a dynamic RB and a shifty runner. To me, his one real weakness is he goes down too easily. It seems like all you have to do is slap him anywhere below his knees and he’s on the ground. I’ve seen time after time where a DB or LB just whacks him close to an ankle and he goes sprawling. Watch some videos of his runs and you’ll see what I mean.

  7. The Vikings’ running backs next year should be Ty Chandler and a low-priced veteran free agent (e.g., Latavius Murray). It makes no sense to spend money on running backs these days.

  8. As a Packer fan Cook is much scarier than the afterthought, Mattison. Ball security is an issue.

  9. For the price and how they used RB’s in this offense, I would just go ahead and roll with Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu, and some other cheaper free agent RB (Mattison, if he doesn’t want more than $3 mil a year). Save lots of money for OL and defense.

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