Though Ezekiel Elliott was released nearly three months ago, the Dallas Cowboys, for whatever reason, haven't signed a replacement. Fans have been out in full force asking (or demanding) for that to change, and the flavor of the week has been Dalvin Cook, who was released by the Vikings last Friday.
It's not often a four-time Pro Bowl running back is available in mid-June, and while Cook would add more firepower to an already-star-studded Cowboys offense, we understand the fans who are against signing the soon-to-be-28-year-old.
While Cook ran behind a porous Vikings OL last year, it speaks volumes he ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing yards over expected. He's clearly on the decline and Dallas just experienced this with Elliott, though Cook has more left in the tank than the former All-Pro.
On the flip side, the Cowboys have quesitons at RB behind Tony Pollard and Cook and Pollard would form the league's best backfield duo.
Don't tell that to Dez Bryant, though. The former star WR has his sights set on another high-profile running back for the Cowboys.
Dez Bryant wants the Cowboys to make a move for Derrick Henry
We love Bryant's ambition, but Cooks seems far more likely to end up on the Cowboys than Henry, and that says a lot given the team's purported lack of interest in Cook. While the Titans reportedly shopped Henry during the NFL Draft, there's no evidence to suggest he and Tennessee are headed for a breakup.
It stands to reason Henry is entering his final season with the Titans. The three-time rushing champ has two affordable void years remaining on his contract. Unlike Cook, it's highly doubtful Tennessee outright cuts Henry.
While they'd save $11 million on the cap, they'd incur over $5 million in dead money and would be losing the heart and soul of their offense. Unlike the Vikings with Alexander Mattison, the Titans don't have a potential stud waiting in the wings behind Henry, who's eclipsed 1,500 rushing yards in three of the last four years.
Even if Henry is released, the Cowboys have $13.9 million committed to the running back position after they franchise-tagged Tony Pollard. Even after releasing Ezekiel Elliott, that's good for the fourth-highest of any team.
Even at 29 years old, Henry would command a hardy salary on the open market, perhaps even more than the younger Cook.
Henry would be a great complement to Pollard -- even more so than Cook -- but the fact he's seemingly committed to the Titans for 2023 and would cost a good chunk of money likely means Bryant's wish is a pipe dream, even though Henry would give Dallas the best offense in the league.
At this point, fans might have to accept the team is content with its current stable of backs. If the group underwhelms during training camp, then (and only then) will the front office consider perusing the market.