Via John McClain:
Texans acquire WR Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick from the Rams for the 57th pick in this month's draft.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 9, 2020
Cooks slides into the WR2 spot in Houston, I think, even though we already have Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and Keke Coutee with similar skill sets. There’s also Randall Cobb, no matter how hard I try to forget him.
Contract-wise, Cooks signed a six-year, $88MM contract in July 2018, which included $20.5MM guaranteed at the time. Adding David Johnson, Cobb, and Cooks to the roster will push our salary cap higher than it would have been keeping DeAndre Hopkins, but we now know that move was never about the money.
Cooks, who turns 27 this year, has suffered at least five (5) known concussions between the NFL and college, so it’s quite a gamble for the Texans to take. Additionally, Cooks was a ghost at times last year even when healthy, catching just 42 receptions on 72 targets. Cooks now joins his fourth team in the NFL since 2014. That’s really something.
By my math, the #Texans have now essentially traded DeAndre Hopkins, the 57th overall pick in the 2020 #NFLDraft, and a 2021 fourth rounder for David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, the 40th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, a 2020 fourth rounder, and a 2022 fourth rounder.— battleredblog (@battleredblog) April 9, 2020
Tim is dead right, of course. We can also get rid of the some of the fourth rounders and state it another way: Bill O’Brien traded DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, and moving up 17 spots in the second round.
If this was still 2016, it might be pretty exciting! Here in 2020, it’s a team without a strategy trying to grope its way toward making up for a monumentally stupid trade.
This Brandin Cooks trade has real "workaholic dad trying to buy his disgruntled son's love" vibes to it.— Patrick (@UprootedTexan99) April 9, 2020
Strategically, we would have been far better off drafting a WR from this fantastic class with the 57th pick rather than using it to grab a player out of his prime and on the way down. I would not at all be surprised to see the 40th overall pick get traded as well.
Bill O’Brien delenda est.