The Dallas Cowboys running game is trending in the opposite direction with the playoffs on the horizon. This prompted a heated debate on social media about whether Dallas should sign Dalvin Cook to fortify the backfield.
Tony Pollard's play has left something to be desired, while backup Rico Dowdle, though seemingly returning in Week 18, has nursed an ankle injury for multiple weeks. Not to mention, Malik Davis is out of practice squad elevations and Deuce Vaughn was just placed on injured reserve, knocking him out a minimum of four weeks.
You can understand why some fans wanted Cook. Not that he'd make a transformative impact, but he'd represent another low-risk pickup.
As it turns out, Cook won't be joining the Cowboys. Though he cleared waivers following his Jets release, he swiftly signed with the Ravens.
Dalvin Cook signs with Ravens amid Cowboys interest
Reports indicated the Cowboys were interested in Cook, but they didn't want to pay what was left of his 2023 salary, per Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.
It also stands to reason Cook preferred the Ravens to Dallas. With Baltimore locking up the No. 1 seed, Cook will have two full weeks to get acclimated to the offense. On top of that, the Ravens recently lost talented rookie Keaton Mitchell to a torn ACL, so there's an opening for carries.
With Dowdle seemingly healthy again, there might not have been many opportunities for Cook. And Dowdle's been the better runner this season. He's averaging more yards per carry, has a higher elusive rating, more explosive runs and fewer fumbles. Cook is also dead-last in rushing yards over expected.
Cook might make a big play for the Ravens in the postseason, but Cowboys fans shouldn't throw a fuss over the RB landing in Baltimore.