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Do the Dolphins get Tua Tagovailoa another playmaker with Dalvin Cook?

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook now a free-agent after six seasons with the team.
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Could one of the best offensive playmakers in the National Football League return home to South Florida and team up with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa?

Dalvin Cook, 27, is officially an NFL free agent. As a Miami (Fla.) native, Cook was a dominant running back for Florida State University from 2014 to 2016. He twice earned first-team All-ACC in 2015 and 2016, while picking up Unanimous All-American honors in 2016. Cook was a three-time 1,000+ yard rusher — finishing his career with 46 rushing scores and 48 total touchdowns.

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He got taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Cook grew into a four-time Pro Bowl selection from 2019 to 2022. He’s had four consecutive 1,000+ yard rushing seasons (2019-22), including a career-high 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns on 312 carries in 2020. Cook also totaled a career-high five yards per carry in 2020. After six seasons, Minnesota made Cook a free agent by releasing him. The Vikings wanted to trade the talented back, but they could not find a trading partner.

The Miami Dolphins are one of several teams potentially linked to Cook.

Miami has playmakers with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Braxton Berrios, Robbie Chosen, Cedrick Wilson, Raheem Mostert, and Devon Achane. If it adds Cook, Tagovailoa gets another game-changing weapon to help his offensive numbers skyrocket.

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Mike McDaniel (head coach) and Chris Grier (general manager) have a decision to make.

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