Dallas Cowboys acquire wide receiver Brandin Cooks from Houston Texans, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones Confirms. Houston will receive a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick as part of the trade, per ESPN.
Cooks, 29, had 57 receptions for 699 yards and three touchdowns despite missing four games last season. He slips into a Dallas smuggling group that also includes CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and TY Hilton. Since joining the NFL, Cooks has recorded at least 42 receptions in each of his nine seasons. Six of his seasons ended north of 1,000 receiving yards.
The former No. 20 overall pick has now been traded four times in his career, after New Orleans traded him to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He played for the Saints in his first three seasons in the NFL before being traded to the Patriots. After a year in New England (2017), he was dealt to the Rams, where he played two seasons, then was sent to the Texans, where he has played since 2020.
Cooks still has two years left on his contract with an average salary cap of $25.5 million over that span. The Texans will pay $6 million from the Cooks’ contract for the 2023 season, according to reports.
Houston ends up with Robert Woods and Nico Collins in the position. The Texans are loaded with draft picks as part of the Deshaun Watson trade, so general manager Nick Caserio has even more flexibility after the Cooks trade. Houston’s freshman head coach DeMeco Ryans is making some changes after the team went 3-13-1 last season. The Texans hold the No. 2 and No. 12 selections in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
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Cooks’ numbers last year were his lowest totals since the 2019 season, the year before he moved to Houston. Cooks was frustrated with the organization after not being dealt with by the deadline, missing a game for personal reasons. Now the receiver will have a fresh start, this time in Dallas.
It’s the latest move in what has been a savvy offseason for Dallas. Cooks is a player they’ve been watching since last season’s trade deadline and are now watching for a song. Not only are the Cowboys giving up just a pair of Day 3 draft selections over the next two seasons, but the Texans are also paying $6 million off the Cooks’ contract for the 2023 season. Cooks is an ideal speed threat who will complement CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup in the Dallas offense. The 29-year-old wide receiver has been able to rack up numbers over his career even when receiving inconsistent play at quarterback, so pairing him in a Cowboys offense with Dak Prescott could lead to a very high ceiling. .
It has become quite clear that Cooks no longer wanted to be part of the Texans organization, so it is certainly difficult to try to maximize a return. While Day 3 draft picks over the next few years are glorified lottery tickets, the most glaring aspect of this trade from Houston’s perspective is that the team is paying more than a quarter of its salary. for next season. It’s an unnecessary expense for a rebuilding team that needs as much capital as possible to surround its rookie QB with talent. Speaking of which, the Texans are pretty slim going forward as they deploy Robert Woods, Nico Collins and John Metchie III.