Former Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has agreed to a deal with the New York Jets, for one year, $8.6 million.

Dalvin Cook found his new team.

The former Minnesota Vikings star has agreed to join the New York Jets. The team was officially announced Tuesday. Cook’s deal is said to be one year and worth $8.6 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cook has spent his entire professional career with the Vikings, who selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He has racked up 5,993 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns while averaging a healthy 4.7 yards per carry since entering the league. He has made the Pro Bowl the past four seasons while rushing for at least 1,000 yards each year.

Cook ran for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season and helped lead the Vikings to their first playoff berth since the 2019 season.

The decision to join the Jets caps a summer of speculation for one of the NFL’s best running backs. Cook was released by the Vikings in June after he failed to find a business partner for him. Cook signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension with the team in 2020, though only $2 million of his salary is guaranteed in 2023. He would have counted for $14.1 million against the cap if he remained on the roster.

Since his release, Cook has been linked to all four AFC East teams. He said weeks after parting ways with the Vikings that he would rather play for his hometown Miami Dolphins.

Instead, Cook would join the Jets and team with newly acquired quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cook officially visited the team last month, and he should be fit nicely in their backcourt. Running back Bryce Hall is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered late last season, though it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to go into Week 1. Michael Carter is listed as the team’s second running back on the depth chart, even though he had only 402 rushing yards and three touchdowns last season, his second in the league.

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Cook should be another solid piece for the Jets, who have been watching them all this season since landing Rodgers in a deal with the Green Bay Packers. For a team with legitimate championship aspirations — or more simply a goal of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 — Cook will add a much-needed veteran presence to the Jets’ home game. The Jets are now the first team in NFL history to add a quarterback and running back in the same season after the duo reached the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons, according to ESPN.

The team, which went 7-10 last season under head coach Robert Saleh, will open its season on September 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

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