Contract complicates potential Brandin Cooks trade

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The Texans reportedly are getting calls about receiver Brandin Cooks. That doesn’t mean they’re getting any significant offers.

As one league source explains it, teams won’t touch the current Cooks contract because it carries a fully-guaranteed contract of $18 million in 2023. This means the Texans may have to assume some of the financial obligation in order to get someone to take Cooks off the books — and to give the Texans value for the player.

Five years ago, the Texans blazed a new trail by giving the Browns a second-round pick in order to get them to assume the $16 million guaranteed salary of quarterback Brock Osweiler. It’s now common for teams to pay a portion of a player’s salary in order to facilitate a trade.

A first-round pick in 2014, Cooks has been traded three prior times, from the Saints to the Patriots to the Rams to the Texans.

In six games this season, Cooks has 28 catches for 281 yards and one touchdown. He’s questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans, with a wrist injury.

10 responses to “Contract complicates potential Brandin Cooks trade

  1. Maybe rodgers will help his team by restructuring his contract to sign a WR. 🤣

  2. I thought he retired after falling asleep on the field after getting lit up in that super bowl.

  3. If anyone really wants him, and if he really wants to go to a new team….then he’ll agree to a contract restructure.
    Or Cooks can remain stubborn and end up nowhere next season. Because he’s certainly not a $18M/ year kind of player.

  4. isitfootballseasonyet says:
    October 28, 2022 at 7:46 pm
    Maybe rodgers will help his team by restructuring his contract to sign a WR.
    Restructure? Oh, so make money available now at an even greater cost to future caps? The Packers need a WR to be competitive. A SB team it will not make them this season.

  5. He’s good (6 – 1,000+ yard seasons in 8+ years in league), not sure what’s wrong with him or why teams keep letting him go. He’s a top 10 receiver.

  6. Cooks is a solid WR. He played well last year (90 catches, 1000+ yds, 6tds) with crud for QBs, and crud again this year. With Rodgers or a solid QB he’d put up above average numbers.

  7. Is 18MM really that crazy with the current WR market? It’s a lot of money to you and me, but for a team in need I don’t see that as a salary cap killer.

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