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Vikings & Dalvin Cook: Split Ahead

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Dalvin Cook, Vikings might be making a beeline for a split after most recent turn of events

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Speculation has been mounting for several weeks now that running back Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings may be heading for a split.

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The situation was further complicated on Monday when Cook's agent, 

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Zac Hiller, posted an Instagram story that appeared to take a shot at the team. 

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Hiller had been critical of the Vikings before, having sent tweets last season criticizing the team's play calling.

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The Vikings have made it clear they would like Cook to lower his $14.1 million cap hit, but Cook has said he is not open to doing so. 

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As Vikings insider Darren Wolfson noted, "right now, as we sit here on Feb. 7, Dalvin is not inclined to take a pay cut."

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If the Vikings were to trade Cook pre-June 1, they would save $7.89 million after eating $6.2 million in dead cap money. 

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However, a post-June 1 trade would cost just $3.1 million in dead cap but save Minnesota $11 million.

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Cook is coming off a 1,173-yard, eight-touchdown season in 2022, 

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with four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and Pro Bowl appearances each year. 

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He is also a factor in the passing game, with 34 or more receptions in five of his six NFL seasons.

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Several teams are reportedly interested in Cook, including the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins. 

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Additionally, the Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, 

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and New York Giants could find themselves in need of a starting running back depending on their respective situations with Joe Mixon, Josh Jacobs, and Saquon Barkley.