Texans get Brandin Cooks for 2020 second-round draft pick

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Brandin Cooks finally gets his wish. He is no longer a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

Cooks has been wanting a trade out of Los Angeles since their off-season began. He was a trade candidate — and on Thursday night, he was traded.

Former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks runs onto the field before a game against the Baltimore Ravens
Brandin Cooks runs onto the field before a game against the Baltimore Ravens (Getty Images)

He was traded to the Houston Texans. Cooks will now team up with Randall Cobb in an attempt to replace the talents of DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded in the off-season.

The Texans are also receiving a 2022 fourth-round draft pick. In exchange, the Rams received a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The pick that Los Angeles received is the 57th overall pick. The Rams also received the 40th overall pick in their trade with the Arizona Cardinals that sent Hopkins to the Dessert.

While Cooks and Cobb are definitely a downgrade from Hopkins, they are going to do wide receiver by committee in Bill O’Brien’s-led offense in Houston. They will join the depth chart that also includes Will Fuller.

It appears like Cobb will be the Texans top receiver for the 2020 season. Cooks will be the second option with Fuller as the deep threat/third option.

One concern with the Texans are going to have to deal with is that Cooks has had several head injuries over the past few years. Despite being injured, he has not missed much time.

He has had at least five concussions in his career.

But the 2019 season was the worst season of his career. This is the third time that he has been traded since March 2017.

The Texans are also getting a bad contract. He is scheduled to make $8 million for the 2020 season.

Following the 2020 season, the Texans will have an out in his contract to release him and not face any dead cap on their upcoming salary cap. If Houston does make this move, it’ll be a three-year, $46.4 million deal.

This would mean the three-year, $36 million left on his contract — if Houston does cut ties with him after the season — would go away. The Texans would not be responsible for any of it, as there would be no dead cap hit.

The 26-year-old was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Besides playing for the Rams, he also played for the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.

This past season, he appeared in 14 games, including 14 starts. He had 42 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns.

The 583 yards were the worst season since his rookie campaign with the Saints when he had 550 yards through 10 games in 2014. The two touchdowns were also the lowest since the 2014 season when his previous low was three.

In his six-year NFL career, he has appeared in 88 games, including 77 starts. He has had 402 receptions for 5,730 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Cooks also has 46 carries for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

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