Brandin Cooks: I’m not going to accept any more trades

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Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is tired of being traded.

Cooks has been dealt from the Saints to the Patriots to the Rams to the Texans since the end of the 2016 season and the prospect of being traded again came up when he spoke to reporters on Friday. Bill O’Brien was making personnel decisions when he deal for Cooks was made and it’s possible that the incoming General Manager will want to move in a different direction.

Cooks said he understood it’s a different situation, but that he wants to continue to playing with Deshaun Watson. Failing that, he wants to determine where he’ll be going next.

“I’m not going to accept any more trades. If you don’t want me, you’re going to have to let me walk,” Cooks said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cooks has a non-guaranteed salary of $12 million for next season and is signed through 2023. He has 70 catches for 984 yards and four touchdowns this season.

13 responses to “Brandin Cooks: I’m not going to accept any more trades

  1. Should have negotiated a no trade clause. Otherwise it’s out of his hands, trades are part of the business.

  2. Haha, I kind of want to say “suck it up,” but I’d be tired of being traded that frequently too.

  3. The Texans would be crazy to trade Cooks. He developed a great rapport with Watson, so much so he became Watson’s go-to option. Fuller is great, but is always either hurt or suspended. Cooks really fits in this offense.

  4. He’s the best receiver they’ve got. And I’m including Fuller – next year he’ll be off PEDs and back to being injured.
    Maybe they can talk him down a bit on his salary, but they’ve got to keep someone for Watson to throw to.

  5. Cooks said he understood it’s a different situation, but that he wants to continue to playing with Deshaun Watson. Failing that, he wants to determine where he’ll be going next.

    “I’m not going to accept any more trades. If you don’t want me, you’re going to have to let me walk,” Cooks said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
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    He want’s, he want’s, he want’s! Maybe that’s why he can’t stay on a team? Why do these guys think it’s all about them? First off the team has to want you and at the right price, especially going into a really reduced salary for next season(it’ll be down $40mil from the estimated $215mil they predicted at the end of last season), so you just may have to lower your demands if you want to continue to play in this league!

  6. I have no problem with a player making his position known/flexing his rights… He could easily refuse to show up to the next team or make life difficult etc.

    I also have no problem with the team saying too bad you’re traded to the Jets…

    The problem comes in when you let a player make demands and it’s against your best interest…

    Like the Dhop trade, he demanded more money so we traded him for peanuts… when what they should have said is “sorry Dhop you have 3 years left on this contract…we will start those talks next year…maybe.”

  7. Brandin Cooks has talent which is why he was able to get $12M. I was surprised when Belichick traded him because he fits into the smaller quick receiver mold that gets open quickly. That stated Cooks likes Houston and his QB Watson. The non guaranteed $12M may dictate a release. However LT Tunsil, QB Watson and WR Cooks are talented and most GM’s should want to build an offense around them.

  8. Patriots would LOVE to have Cooks back again. Trouble is, they have no one to throw the ball to him. Fitzmagic (Harvard) come home!

  9. solid player who has talent but a) stays in concussion protocol and b) is always made expendable by teams trying to win it all (saints, patriots, rams all were/are in that range). i understand his stance but he really is at the mercy of his contract and the direction the team is going

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