The 2023 off-season in the NFL figures to be yet another wild one. We saw multiple league-changing trades in the last off-season including Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, and Tyreek Hill. This off-season we could well see a few more. One of the names that could be traded this off-season includes star Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks. There are multiple reports that he is once again on the trade block.
Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks Reportedly On The Trade Block
Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reported “multiple” teams have expressed interest in the veteran wide receiver. Brandin Cooks “reiterated this offseason his desire to change teams and join a playoff contender after going 11-38-1 with the Texans over the past three seasons.” The Texans’ star wide receiver made it very clear in January, just hours after the franchise fired coach Lovie Smith after one season, that he wants nothing to do with rebuilding in Houston. He was quoted saying this via ESPN’s DJ Bein-Aime.
“I’m not going into this offseason thinking I want to be a part of a rebuild,” Cooks said.
“I’m not looking at it as far as being a part of a rebuild, however that looks. That’s why I trust my camp and my representation to be able to get a map from here to there and to see what that looks like to be a part of something that has a trusted plan.”
With that trade request as the backdrop, there is a “respectful dialogue” between the Texans and Cooks as the AFC South team attempts to find a trade partner. One thing to keep in mind is that Adam Schefter reported in November that Houston was not able to trade him because it asked for a second- and fourth-round draft pick in return. Teams were unwilling to give up those multiple picks plus take on the wide receiver’s $18 million fully guaranteed money for the 2023 season.
Could The Green Bay Packers Target Brandin Cooks?
The Packers once were heavily rumored to be interested in trading for Texans’ wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs are certainly the future of the wide receiver position in Green Bay. Their talents were on full display in 2022. However, with the possibly departure of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, a proven veteran would go a long ways for this offense. Cooks will turn 30 years old in September and is on a different timeline than the rebuilding Texans.
Cooks’ career includes six seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards. This includes as recently as 2021 when he was on the Texans. Cooks posted 57 catches for 699 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.
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