Report: Browns among the teams interested in trade for Brandin Cooks

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Three teams have traded Brandin Cooks, who has never stayed with one team more than three seasons. Could a fourth trade send him elsewhere?

The Browns are among the teams that have inquired about a trade for Cooks, Mary Kay Cabot of reports. Cabot adds that “the possibility (of a deal) is currently low.”

That’s because the Texans want a second-round choice for Cooks, per Cabot.

The Browns already traded their first-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022 to the Texans for quarterback Deshaun Watson, as well as a third-rounder in 2023, and a fourth-rounder in 2024.

The compensation for Cooks has fallen every time a team has dealt him. The Saints traded Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round choice (subsequently traded) to the Patriots for a 2017 first-round choice (Ryan Ramczyk) and a 2017 third-round choice (Trey Hendrickson). A year later, the Patriots traded Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round choice to the Rams for a 2018 first-round choice (Isaiah Wynn) and a 2018 sixth-round choice (subsequently traded). In 2020, the Rams traded Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round selection to the Texans for a 2020 second-round choice (Van Jefferson).

A Texans’ trade of Cooks could prove difficult.

Cooks, 28, is heading into the final year of his contract with a base salary of $12.5 million, which means he will want an extension from his new team.

The Browns already traded with the Cowboys for four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper. But Cooks, who has six 1,000-yard seasons, teamed up with Watson in 2020 to catch 81 passes for 1,150 yards and six touchdowns.

10 responses to “Report: Browns among the teams interested in trade for Brandin Cooks

  1. Meeh I’d say it’s more likely cleveland brings in Fuller on a 1 yr deal than giving up more assets for Cooks

  2. Mayfield and a fifth for Cooks. Mayfield would be a good option as a backup for Mills.

  3. Poor Cooks. He’s a good receiver, and puts up great yards. Shame he’s had so much turmoil in his career.

  4. Be a good backup for Mills? My gut tells me Baker would be the 1 and Mills the 2.

  5. Yeah let’s pay mayfield 19 million to be a backup. Get out of here. The only way the browns are getting rid of mayfield is if they give a team a pick to take him. The Brock Osweiler effect.

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