Dalvin Cook, the free-agent running back who initially joined the New York Jets in August with aspirations of pursuing a Super Bowl title, now seems poised to join the Baltimore Ravens. After going unclaimed on waivers this week, Cook is anticipated to sign with the Ravens, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero on Thursday. The seasoned running back is likely to ink the deal next week, initially joining the practice squad, Pelissero added.
Dalvin Cook won’t be participating in the Ravens’ Week 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. Instead, he’ll focus on preparing for Baltimore’s first playoff game scheduled for either January 20 or 21. The Ravens secured the top playoff seed in the AFC, earning a bye for the wild-card weekend and the opportunity to host a game in the Divisional Round.
The separation between the Jets and Dalvin Cook was a mutual decision earlier in the week, marking the end of a challenging season for the four-time Pro Bowl running back, who had signed a lucrative one-year contract with the Jets.
Despite Cook’s impressive track record of averaging 1,254 rush yards per year and amassing 43 rushing touchdowns over the previous four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, his tenure with the Jets was marred by a late start, an ill-defined role, and Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury in Week 1.
In his 15 games (including one start) with the Jets, Dalvin Cook carried the ball only 67 times for 214 yards, with a long run of 14 yards. Additionally, he caught 15 passes for 78 yards and failed to score a touchdown with New York, a stark contrast to the 52 touchdowns he tallied in his first six NFL seasons.
The Ravens, grappling with significant injuries in the backfield for the second consecutive season, lost JK Dobbins after just one game in 2023, and rookie Keaton Mitchell suffered season-ending injuries. The current backfield features Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, and another former Pro Bowler, Melvin Gordon, who secured his first touchdown of the season in Week 17’s victory over the Dolphins after sporadic appearances earlier in the season.