Dalvin Cook frustrated with his ‘reduced’ role at the Jets, will look for a possible trade

Cook claimed it was frustrating for not seeing the ball too much unlike his previous seasons.


Dalvin Cook frustrated with his ‘reduced’ role at the Jets, will look for a possible trade

New York Jets running back Dalvin Cook (34) catches a pass in warms up before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets (Image via IMAGO)

When All-Pro running back Dalvin Cook signed with the New York Jets in August, he knew that playtime would be split between him and young rusher Breece Hall. Now, two months into the 2023 season, Cook claims that he feels a bit frustrated with the limited snaps he gets.

The 28-year-old only had three carries for 12 yards in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Week 6. Witnessing such low involvement, rumors started circulating that the Jets would listen to trade offers for Cook.

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It’s something I can’t control. My name being floated around in trade rumors might be a good thing or may be a bad thing.

Dalvin Cook on Thursday after practice.

Despite the apparent frustration, Cook revealed he was not necessarily looking for a midseason move. Then again, he hopes things get sorted out quickly, which is best for everyone.

He signed a one-year, $7 million deal after visiting the Jersey facility. The Jets already had a young, dynamic running back, Breece Hall, who was recovering from a torn ACL. Many think Cook’s signing will be a boon for Hall. He will be able to learn from one of the best in the position and develop.

However, six games down, the 22-year-old has seen more of the ball compared to the more experienced Cook. Hall is averaging a league-leading 6.5 yards per carry, while his counterpart ranks 44th out of 44 qualified ball carriers with a 2.8-yard mark.

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Of course it's frustrating. I come from getting the ball 20 times a game. it's frustrating.

Dalvin Cook was hoping for more playtime

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, Dalvin Cook has been one of the most consistent running backs in the NFL during that period. He has recorded four back-to-back seasons with more than 1,000 yards per season. The best came in 2020, with 1557 yards (5 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns in 14 games.

Dalvin Cook frustrated with his 'reduced' role at the Jets, will look for a possible trade
New York Jets running back Dalvin Cook (Image via PFF)

However, since joining the Jets, Cook has only carried the ball 39 times for 109 yards and no touchdowns. The most troubling part is that he hasn’t touched the 10-yard barrier in a single rush.

If you watch my career, I get better and better as the game goes on.

Cook as per ESPN

But not getting the desired game time is increasingly becoming a problem. If the Jets do decide to trade the Florida native away, then he will probably fetch a probable price tag of $3.3 million. Because Cook makes $262,222 for every game, he’s on the 53-man roster and $70,588 for an active game.

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