Brandin Cooks could be in danger of voiding his $18 million guaranteed salary for 2023

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Texans receiver Brandin Cooks has 18 million reasons to get over the fact that he wasn’t traded.

With Cooks missing a couple of practices and not playing in tonight’s game against the Eagles due to his apparent unhappiness with the fact that he wasn’t traded, Cooks could be in danger of losing the very thing that made a trade impossible — his fully-guaranteed 2023 base salary of $18 million.

Under his contract, a copy of which PFT has obtained, the guaranteed salary for 2023 becomes “NULL AND VOID” if Cooks commits a “default” user the specific terms of the contract.

A default occurs if (among other things) the player, without “prior written consent” of coach Lovie Smith or G.M. Nick Caserio, “fails to practice with or play for Club” for reasons other than a football-related injury or illness.

If, as it appears, Cooks has checked out this week due to the fact that he wasn’t traded, the Texans could wipe his 2023 guarantee off the books — and then cut him.

Cooks wasn’t traded because no one wanted to inherit that salary. Now, based on Cooks’s reaction, there may eventually be no salary to inherit.

20 responses to “Brandin Cooks could be in danger of voiding his $18 million guaranteed salary for 2023

  1. These tiny WR’s should know that there’s only 1 Tyreek Hill. Have some class and restructure your contract if you really wanted to be traded. Want to have cake & eat at the same time? Hope he gets cut & gets claimed by the Lions.

  2. That would be amazing if the Texans would go through with it.

    but you know the union will be there complaining about it even though it is in the contract. They always defend the bad seeds.

  3. If a player who is very highly paid is moping why would a team want to acquire him?
    He will likely cause problems with his new team

  4. Or, they could wipe out the 2023 guarantee and then bench him for the remainder of this year, and then cut him.

    If Cooks really thinks he could get more money elsewhere, this is a risky way to make a play for it.

  5. If he had been a decent soul, he’d have not practiced for a while last week. He’d’ve defaulted on his contract *AND* gotten traded.

    Now he can get his contract voided after he gets put on Team Leave for conduct unbecoming for up to 3 or 6 weeks. No one will want him after 6 weeks. That’s week 15.

  6. No wonder Belichick sent this guy packing before he even got comfortable in NE…. ANd got a 1st & 4th round pick for him!!!!

  7. Spoiled athletes including some agents and friends they surround themselves with are either clueless or don’t care & you’d think someone in that group would tell Cooks he’s about to make a huge mistake!

  8. Cooks must REALLY want out of Houston if this is truly his strategy. He’d lose at least $10 million, easily.

  9. I could have sworn this is the same dude a couple years ago who threat to retire if traded again. Lol

  10. Sorry, not sorry. He signed an extension last offseason. He and his agent knew what he was getting into.

  11. While I think that Cooks is making a huge mistake by not playing, I do understand his anger.

    Once a team announces that they want to trade a player, like the Texans did with Cooks, they are basically telling him that they no longer want him. And they likely won’t play him much since they would be afraid of him getting injured.

    Having said that, he has a contract and should honor it, regardless.

  12. brwmstr says:
    November 3, 2022 at 2:01 pm
    No wonder Belichick sent this guy packing before he even got comfortable in NE…. ANd got a 1st & 4th round pick for him!!!!


    That worked out well too. He wasted the picks and is killing his star QB. Now he has no WRs worth anything and it shows. You BB fans should wait until he does something without a Hall of fame QB before continuing to kiss his boots. lol.

  13. Maybe Cooks doesn’t care about the money and just wants to go somewhere that he can win. Fans get mad when they claim players “only care about money more than winning” then get mad when they show that they care about winning more than money.

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