Brandin Cooks will be back on Friday, but will he stay?

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After Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles, Texans coach Lovie Smith said receiver Brandin Cooks will be back in the facility on Friday. The question now becomes how long will he stay?

Smith was asked whether Cooks will play in the team’s next game, at the Giants.

“He is going to be in the building tomorrow, and everybody that’s in the building on a football team,” Smith told reporters. “He will be back on the team ready to go tomorrow.”

That’s not a no. It’s not a yes. And it was an easy yes-or-no question.

Smith also was asked whether Cooks will remain a team captain. Last night, tackle Laremy Tunsil inherited the “C” on the jersey.

“You know what, guys, I think we’ve talked enough about it,” Smith said. “Brandin didn’t play, all right? I told you he will be back in the building tomorrow. If you want to talk about the game, we can do that. As far as the captain, we have two offensive captains each game. Today [Laremy Tunsil] was our captain. I thought he represented the team well.”

Cooks may no longer want to represent the team, or associate with it. As explained on Thursday, however, Cooks could forfeit his $18 million guaranteed salary for 2023 if he fails to practice or play without the permission of the team. And if he were to decide to just retire, the Texans would be able to recover most of the $16 million signing bonus he received as part of a contract that was too good for the player to get another team to assume it via trade.

24 responses to “Brandin Cooks will be back on Friday, but will he stay?

  1. Way to follow up on the contract that you signed Cooks. You had it made in life and you couldn’t hold up what you put your signature to. Sad.

  2. Remember he signed with them as a FA… sometimes you have to sleep in the bed you made even tho it may be a bed of nails…

  3. Honor Thy Contract…..unless you have video proof they was holdin a gun to your head when you signed it????????

  4. BC is a good but not great player who should ball out and not bail out for the rest of the season. If he puts up good numbers, he not only helps his team but maybe makes him more treatable in the off-season. Maybe there is something wrong with this guy upstairs. He gets traded more often than most.

  5. He’s another talented, but entitled, spoiled wide receiver, who’s career is going to be OVER soon, and he’ll be broke looking back at what could have been

  6. The average American makes about $50k per year. That’s about $2m over a 40 year working lifetime. He will make $18m next year just for doing his job and he is complaining and apparently wants to walk away. Very foolish.

  7. A team captain’s way to show commitment & dedication after signing for big guaranteed $. Way to show other teams one’s commitment & dedication after signing for big guaranteed $.

  8. If the Texans just outright release this dude they are a dumber franchise than I ever thought they were

  9. Remember he signed with them as a FA… sometimes you have to sleep in the bed you made even tho it may be a bed of nails…

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    im pretty sure houston traded Hopkins to Arizona. then with the pick they acquired, turned around and acquired Cooks from the rams, 2 years after my patriots traded him to LA. He resigned

  10. Cook has begun to trend downward . . . that might in part be due to the QB play he is connected to . . . but I would think a pay for play ultimatum is coming his way. One game for a spoiled disappointed DIVA WR is tolerable, but not a multi week distrcation.

    I don’t know if the NFL has a buy out option, but at this point the Texans are most likely better off just waiving Cook! Divorce is sometimes the best option for both parties!

  11. “If the Texans just outright release this dude they are a dumber franchise than I ever thought they were”

    Isn’t that what the Steelers did with Blount, allowing him to sign with the Patriots? I guess Cooks needs to use the Blount blueprint and do something insubordinate to get himself released.

  12. Cooks taking a page out of Watson’s “how to not play after signing a contract extension” book!

  13. The Texans need to use the Eagles playbook when they had a T.O issue years ago….suspended him rest of season without pay for conduct detrimental to the team . Void the rest of his contract.

  14. I’m all for guys that sit out over compensation…even if they’ve signed a contract. Because teams cut guys all the time that have signed contracts. So fair is fair.

    However, to sit out because you’re not getting what you want come game time…to complain you don’t like it there…to insist on a trade while you are under contract and therefore not play…Sorry bro, you signed it agreeing to play with and for that team. Honor that promise to the men you agreed to play with. Play. P.L.A.Y. Ain’t no “I” in “team”, even if there is a whiny “me” in it.

  15. Cooks is showing his true colors but the situation, unable to trade, is 100% on Texans GM Nick Caserio. Caserio is the GM who gave this guy a contract no other team would even consider, Caserio is the GM who took Stingley over Sauce Gardner, Caserio is the GM who traded TWO 4ths and a 5th to draft Nico Collins (nice receiver but never healthy), Caserio is the GM who traded TWO 4ths and a 3rd for John Metchie. In summary that’s 4!!! fourths, a 3rd and 5th for Collins and Metchie, and a horrible contract for Cooks. The real issue here, the root issue here is GM Nick Caserio and an utter lack of identifying WR talent; if you needed any proof that he’s from the Patriots org, there it is.

  16. Anyone else think its weird that people only ever hold players accountable to their contracts, but when a team dumps a player mid-contract its a “cap casualty?”

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