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Dalvin Cook visits Jets, receives love from the fans -- is a deal close?

Star running back Dalvin Cook is still available in free agency, but a successful visit to New York Jets training camp this weekend might seal the deal as to his next destination.

Cook took in the sights and sounds in Florham Park, NJ on Sunday as he visited the Jets, who are very interested in signing him as the 2023 NFL season draws ever closer. Jets fans seem on board with the rumored move, too, as they chanted the four-time Pro Bowler's name once he was spotted at practice.

The chant for Cook

The Jets faithful broke into song on Sunday as Cook made his visit to the team's facilities, as excitement grows over the potential of seeing a Cook-Aaron Rodgers backfield at MetLife Stadium this season.

Although the division rival Miami Dolphins are also keen on signing Cook, the 27-year-old's preferred destination after six years in Minnesota appears to be New York. If he decides to move to the Big Apple, Cook could form an exciting rushing tandem with Breece Hall, who is recovering from a knee injury but might be ready for the start of the new season.

Jets' long search for an elite rusher

New York's interest in Cook goes beyond taking advantage of a "market opportunity." The running back market may be depressed, but Cook represents something the Jets haven't had in several years -- top-end production in the backfield.

The last Jets running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season was Chris Ivory, back in 2015. In the seven seasons since, the Jets have had seven different players end the year as their leading rusher.

New York last had a player rush for 10 or more touchdowns in a season in 2009, when Thomas Jones punched it in 14 times. Meanwhile, Cook has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his previous four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and has posted two seasons with double-digit touchdowns on the ground.

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