Free-agent running back Tarik Cohen is healthy and plans on resuming his career, according to his agents. Still just 28 years old, Cohen suffered an Achilles injury during the 2021 offseason that forced him to miss the entire campaign. He then spent the 2022 season recovering.
It’s been a winding journey for Cohen. The Bunn, North Carolina native is now healthy and recovered. When last on the field, Cohen was a dual-threat playmaker that impacts the passing game. We’ve identified three potential destinations for Tarik Cohen.
The Dolphins have been linked to running backs all summer long. General manager Chris Grier entered the Dalvin Cook sweepstakes but was ultimately hesitant to match his asking price. Cook then signed with their AFC East rival New York Jets.
The Dolphins are now being linked with a blockbuster trade for Indianapolis Colts’ disgruntled star Jonathan Taylor, but I’m hesitant to believe the hype. If the Dolphins were unwilling to pay Cook, why would Grier be willing to part with premium draft capital, and then pay Taylor handsomely? It’s possible the Dolphins’ front-office brass views Taylor as being another stratosphere from Cook, but their current actions indicate they’re hesitant to invest high-level capital into the running back position.
And now rookie running back De’Von Achane is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks. An undersized scat-back, Cohen and Achane have some like-for-like qualities. The Dolphins need to add another body at running back ahead of their regular-season opener versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Cohen is worth kicking the tires on.
The Bills are attempting to become a more well-rounded offense. The Bills’ rushing attack lacked efficiency throughout the 2022 campaign. That shortcoming helped directly lead to their disappointing, premature exit from the postseason in the divisional round.
I’m not convinced Bills general manager Brandon Beane has acquired enough talent at the position this offseason. James Cook appears capable of taking a massive step as a sophomore, but who plays behind the former Georgia standout? I don’t think there’s a need for both Damien Harris and Latavius Murray on the final 53-man roster. They’re similar between-the-tackles runners with short-yardage upside.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Chiefs have been heavily featuring Clyde Edwards-Helaire throughout the preseason. I believe they’re positioning themselves to trade Edwards-Helaire to another team. His status is in limbo following Isiah Pacheco‘s breakout season.
This is a crowded running back room that also rosters Jerick McKinnon. But head coach Andy Reid prefers to rotate his backfield with frequency, and offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has a history with Cohen. Nagy spent four seasons (2018-21) as Cohen’s head coach in Chicago. Cohen accounted for more than 2,700 all-purpose yards across that timeframe. If anybody is capable of getting Cohen’s career back on track, it’s Reid and Nagy.