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The Jets are waiving running back Dalvin Cook at his request per his Tom Pelissero.

As Pelissero mentions, Cook likely requested his release because he now can catch on with a Playoff team.

Why a Playoff team would want him is another question. Calling him a “dynamic playmaker” with “fresh legs” seems awfully generous. Cook hasn’t produced a play from scrimmage this season for more than 15 yards. I know a lot of this has to do with the blocking the Jets have gotten up front, but Breece Hall has produced 27 plays netting more than 15 yards with the same blocking.

Cook just seems like he has little left to offer. His signing was clearly a mistake.

After failed moves like this I feel like we don’t focus enough on the underlying reasons for the mistake. Take the signing of Le’Veon Bell in 2019 for example. After his release a year later people asked how the Jets could take a risk as foolish as paying a running back after a full missed season. The answer was that the team had failed in such an extreme way to add playmakers during Mike Maccagnan’s tenure that it had little choice but to roll the dice on Bell.

What were the underlying reasons for signing Cook? The Jets dragged their feet so long in trading for Aaron Rodgers and renegotiating his contract that by the time the process was done and they had extra cap space to burn, Cook was the lone remaining option in free agency.

I would argue this failure was as much about process as it was about evaluating talent.