The Ravens have signed four-time Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Cook signed with the Jets in hopes of getting to a Super Bowl, but once Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles, their season tanked, and Breece Hall got the majority of the carries. But now, he lands in Baltimore, where he can pursue a Super Bowl. That comes right before the Steelers play them.
Cook was cut by the Vikings this offseason and linked to multiple teams, but the Jets continued to come up, and that is where he went. He has just 67 rushes for 214 yards, but got paid $6.8 million for his contributions to the team. Cook did not receive a single carry against Washington two weeks ago.
The Ravens lost JK Dobbins for the entire season early on after he suffered a torn Achilles. Keaton Mitchell is out for the season with a knee injury, too. They have relied upon Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, with Melvin Gordon as a backup to this point in the season. Cook gives them quality depth they can pull down the stretch in the playoffs. They hope Cook has more left in the tank, and the Jets were just a bad situation for him and everyone involved.
The Steelers will likely not see Cook, no matter what. It is too late in the week for him to get up and going without an emergency reason, and Gordon should be expected to receive most of the carries, given the injuries already present in the running back room at this stage.