4x Pro Bowl RB breaks silence amid New England Patriots rumors

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With the ongoing controversy amongst running backs getting paid ex Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is choosing to be patient and take his time with his free agency decision. The former all-pro running back was back in Minnesota hosting a youth clinic where he spoke to some local media about his future.

Speaking to KSTP's Matt Kennedy, Cook said in regard to his future, "At this moment, it's kinda just taking my time and being patient with the process. You can't rush this. This is a life decision… I'm just taking my time and not rushing it. When I make that decision it's going to be right for me and my family."

As camp approaches it has been rumored the Patriots would like to add the former Vikings running back to the team. With every signing, there always seems to be a price that Bill Belichick will refuse to go above and it is not clear what that number may be for the 27-year-old back.

With the diminishing running back market Cook may fit into the Patriots' price range. Running backs around the league have been concerned with where the future of the position is going and even scheduled a Zoom meeting to try to figure out the best ways to maximize their value.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Miami Dolphins seem to be the front-runner for the four-time all-pro. He said that the Dolphins have "put the ball in Dalvin Cook's court" in regard to his free-agent decision. Fowler also went on to say that, "he was not totally discounting the Patriots".

Cook would be a great option to spell the Patriots third-year pro Rhamondre Stevenson. This could give the offense two different types of running backs that could help the Mac Jones-led offense. With a lack of elite skilled wide receivers the Patriots' offense could look to a heavy running game with the play-action threat to help stretch the field vertically.