3 Veteran Running Backs the Vikings Should Target as Insurance For a Potential Dalvin Cook Holdout

Jason Schandl
Free agent running backs the Minnesota Vikings should target as insurance against a potential Dalvin Cook holdout.
Free agent running backs the Minnesota Vikings should target as insurance against a potential Dalvin Cook holdout. / Jeff Gross/Getty Images
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While the threat of a Dalvin Cook holdout may not loom as imminent as the Melvin Gordon or even the potential for an Ezekiel Elliott holdout did last offseason, it's still a possibility the Minnesota Vikings need to prepare for.

This is a run-first offense, and while Alexander Mattison and (to a lesser extent) Mike Boone have shown some real promise, it may not be wise for the Vikes to put too much faith into a pair of guys with just a combined 160 NFL carries.

These three free agent running backs should be on the Vikings' radar as a contingency plan in case Cook does indeed hold out.

1. Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller had at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage in five straight seasons from  2014 to 2018.
Lamar Miller had at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage in five straight seasons from 2014 to 2018. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Still a free agent at this point in the offseason while coming off a serious injury, Lamar Miller isn't likely to command much of a contract, making him a great low-risk signing despite, the obvious concern about how well he will return from an ACL injury. The 29-year-old had at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage in five straight seasons before his injury, and if he can play near that level, he could be a valuable addition.

2. Javorius Allen

Javorius Allen has 130 receptions through five NFL seasons.
Javorius Allen has 130 receptions through five NFL seasons. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

While both Mattison and Boone showed promise running the ball, neither has done much as a receiver at the NFL level. Javorius Allen never really lived up to his potential with the Baltimore Ravens, but when he did contribute well, it was often through the air. His final year in Baltimore saw him rack up more targets (43) than carries (41) while he even practiced with the wide receivers that offseason. He could prove an interesting complement to Mattison and Boone in the passing game.

3. C.J. Prosise

C.J. Prosise played both wide receiver and running back in college.
C.J. Prosise played both wide receiver and running back in college. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

C.J. Prosise is also coming off a season shortened by injury, but that was an arm injury, so doesn't really bring major long-term concerns. A wide receiver at the collegiate level, Prosise fills the same role that Allen would, as a receiving threat out of the backfield.


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