Adam Schefter Says Dalvin Cook’s Future Is ‘In Question’

The Vikings Could Be Shaking Things Up in Their RB Room
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs on the field during warmups before a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason, the Minnesota Vikings have gone through a bit of an overhaul involving some of the veteran on their roster. They cut both Eric Kendricks and Adam Thielen while seeing multiple other veterans sign elsewhere in free agency.

We may not be done with the veteran exodus this summer, either. There are still rumors swirling around the futures of both Dalvin Cook and Za’Darius Smith. Recently, Adam Schefter of ESPN spoke on the status of Cook saying, “I think there is some real question as to whether or not he will be in Minnesota next season” and “I think it’s fair to say his future is in question”.

Adam Schefter Says Dalvin Cook's Future Is In Question
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. © JAMIE GERMANO / USA TODAY NETWORK.

So, why could the Vikings look to unload the running back with the third-most rushing yards in franchise history? Well, the answer likely boils down to one big factor: his contract.

Currently, Cook is set to carry a $14.1 million cap hit in 2023, which is the third-highest hit among all running backs now that Ezekiel Elliott is a free agent. According to reports from earlier in the offseason, Cook is also unwilling to take a Harrison Smith-esque pay cut to remain in Minnesota.

This is a massive amount of money dedicated to a running back, especially considering Cook is coming off a 2022 season where, despite surpassing 1000 yards for the fourth straight season, he averaged just 4.4 yards per carry, a career-low for the soon-to-be 28-year-old back.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Jan 1, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) rushes with the football as Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) defends during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

As a result, the Vikings have brought back Alexander Mattison on a two-year contract worth a total of $7 million. They also picked DeWayne McBride in the seventh round of this spring’s draft, who was one of the most productive RBs in college football during his time at UAB.

If the Vikings were to move on from Cook in 2023, it will likely come in a post-June 1st move. This would allow them to maximize their salary cap savings.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (71) react after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

If Minnesota cut Cook prior to June 1st, they would a little bit under $5.9 million whereas a post-June 1st cut would save them exactly $9 million. Likewise, a pre-June 1st trade saves the Vikings a smidge under $7.9 million while a post-June 1st trade would save them exactly $11 million.

As of now, no trade is imminent, but if a move involving Cook were to happen in the coming weeks, we at PurplePTSD will have you covered with all the headlines.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.