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Jim Souhan: Argument for Vikings letting Dalvin Cook go is stronger than for keeping him

Jim Souhan, Star Tribune on

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There are four good reasons for the Vikings to keep No. 4.

There are four good reasons to let Dalvin Cook go.

Fans may value the former.

The new brain trust is likely to value the latter.

Reasons the Vikings should keep their star running back:

1. He played in all 17 games last season after never before playing in more than 14. Maybe he has learned how to protect himself. Maybe the Vikings limiting his usage kept him healthier.

 

2. Cook balances the offense. Kevin O'Connell needs a way to keep defenses honest as they key on receiver Justin Jefferson. Throwing to secondary receivers is one way; feeding Cook is another.

3. Cook is part of the leadership group. He's popular with his teammates because of his work ethic and attitude.

4. Cook made a handful of game-altering plays last season, including his long touchdown runs against Miami and Buffalo, his winning catch against Washington and his long touchdown on a screen pass against Indianapolis.

Reasons for the Vikings to release Cook:

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