Dolphins make offer to Dalvin Cook. And Armstead names Miami’s breakout candidates

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The Dolphins have made an offer to free agent running back Dalvin Cook, but he’s holding off on a decision for now, a source close to the situation told The Miami Herald.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported this week that Cook has generated significant interest and has offers from multiple teams.

But Cook apparently doesn’t have an offer that fully meets his financial expectations. And he’s willing to wait awhile, perhaps beyond the start of training camp, according to Pelissero.

It’s unclear how much the Dolphins are willing to pay Cook, who ideally would like to make something not dramatically different from the $10.4 million that he was due to make from the Vikings before they released him on June 9.

Minnesota must pay him $2 million guaranteed this season, supplementing whatever he makes from a new team.

The Dolphins explored trading for Cook in March but nothing materialized.

Appearing on Sirus XM NFL Radio last week, Cook said Miami would be a “perfect fit.”

Cook, who attended Miami Central High, averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season and 4.7 in his career. He has four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and has made the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons.

The Dolphins have six tailbacks under contract: Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., third-round rookie De’Von Achane, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and undrafted BYU rookie Chris Brooks. The Dolphins also have two fullbacks under contract: Alec Ingold and John Lovett.

Armstead names breakout candidates, possible Defensive Player of the Year

High-profile players such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will go a long way in deciding whether the Dolphins can be a top team in the AFC in 2023.

But left tackle Terron Armstead, speaking on the I AM Athlete podcast on Tuesday, named right guard Rob Hunt and cornerback Kader Kohou as a pair of unheralded players who will have big seasons for Miami.

“I think he’s starting to get notoriety,” Armstead said of Hunt, “and people are really starting to understand the level of his play. I can see a very big year from him.”

Hunt, a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2020, was one of two offensive linemen to start every game in 2022. The 26-year-old has started 45 games since entering the league.

Armstead added that Kohou, who started 13 games as an undrafted rookie in 2023, will likely play the slot more with the arrival of Ramsey.

“He was incredible last year,” Armstead said of Kohou.

Armstead also said he expects cornerback Xavien Howard to have a standout season in his first year with new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“I think ‘X-man’ [Howard] is going to be crazy this year,” Armstead said. “With the new scheme, just talking to him, just seeing how he’s going about his business, ready to work, I think ‘X’ is going to be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.”

Tickets for Dolphins-Chiefs in Germany quickly sell out

The Dolphins’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Frankfurt, Germany, is shaping up to be the best matchup among the NFL’s International Series — and it’s reflected in ticket demand.

Tickets for NFL’s second-ever regular season game in Germany went on sale at 12 p.m. E.T. and within minutes had over 1 million people in the queue. In less than 30 minutes, tickets were sold out.

According to data from Vivid Seats, a ticket resale company, the game is trending as the hottest Dolphins ticket on record. The average ticket price for the game is $896, according to the company, far surpassing the $570 average price it cost to get into Miami’s Week 3 road game against the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021.