This week, veteran running back Dalvin Cook made the decision to sign with the New York Jets ahead of the upcoming 2023 NFL season. And from the sound of it, there is one big reason why he ultimately decided to sign with the Jets instead of other teams: future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
During his introductory press conference with the team this week, Dalvin Cook pointed out that he’s lost to Aaron Rodgers too many times throughout his career, facing Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers twice a season during his time with the Minnesota Vikings. He said he’s now joining Rodgers because he “couldn’t be on the other side anymore.”
“He doesn’t have to recruit; his game recruits itself,” Cook said according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “Aaron is Aaron. If you don’t want to be part of something like that, I don’t know what you want in football.”
Cook’s explanation makes sense because the other team he appeared to be considering was the Miami Dolphins. Had Cook signed with the Dolphins, he would have faced Rodgers twice a season with the Jets.
But now, Cook will bolster a revamped offense led by Rodgers as the team hopes to make a playoff push.