Brandin Cooks: I’m frustrated; I want to win now

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Texans receiver Brandin Cooks is back with the team, but is he fully committed? Cooks spoke to the media for the first time since leaving the team and missing last Thursday’s game against the Eagles.

On Thursday, Cooks admitted his frustration at not being traded before the Nov. 1 deadline.

“Man, I’m human. I’m frustrated, absolutely,” Cooks said, via video from Shaun Bijani of 610 KILT AM. “I want to win. That’s not the case. That’s what’s going on. That’s the way I express my emotion. I think we all want to win. We’re all frustrated in some sense. That’s where I stand with that.”

The Texans engaged in trade talks with multiple teams, including the Cowboys, but his $18 million in guarantees for 2023 proved a roadblock. The Texans likely will have to eat a portion of the guaranteed money if they want to move him in the offseason.

Cooks was asked whether he is open to staying in Houston long term.

“How I’m feeling right now, take a day-by-day process,” Cooks said. “I’m here now for the time being. As far as everything else, getting worked out, we’ll keep that internal.”

Cooks voiced his displeasure on social media immediately after the trade deadline, writing, “Don’t take a man’s kindness for granted. Covered for the lies for too long those days are done. Cross the line with my playing career.”

Cooks, who was close with now departed team executive Jack Easterby, was excused from practice Tuesday and Wednesday last week. He did not play last Thursday night, and though he returned to the team Friday, he did not return to practice until today.

Cooks was limited in Thursday’s practice.

“Last week, as you know coach said when you don’t practice, you don’t play,” Cooks said. “As far as everything else, I’m keeping that internal.”

He is expected to play this week.

“I mean, at this point in my career, I’m not sure if you’re calling this a rebuild, but I think anyone later on in their career wouldn’t necessarily want to be part of a ‘rebuild,'” Cooks said. “You work too hard. You want to win [with] all the work that you put in. Obviously, you understand organizations throughout the league go through that. At the end of the day, I want to win and compete now. That’s always been my thought process.”

15 responses to “Brandin Cooks: I’m frustrated; I want to win now

  1. Hard to have any sympathy when the dude just signed a contract last offseason. It’s not like Houston was gonna be a perennially powerhouse this year.

  2. Nobody made you sign the $18 mill/yr guaranteed contract. The team was horrible when you signed it in the offseason.

    You could have offered to restructure your contract for teams that wanted to trade from you but you didn’t.

  3. Nobody held a gun to your head and forced you to sign with the Texans, Brandin. You are a fool, and it’s not surprising to anyone that you are on your 4th team.

  4. Saints, Pats, Rams. He’s been on 3 teams that were plausible Super Bowl winners (and two of which won Super Bowls after he departed).

    If he wanted to be on a team that does its winning for him, he’s had those chances.

    “I’m here now for the time being.” When guys like this get out on an island with lesser teams, we suddenly see what they’re lacking.

  5. When the saints traded him to my patriots I thought we finally had that Randy Moss Burner speed to go along with Edelman Gronk Amendola white and Burkhead. Edelman blew his ACL, but the offense was still rolling.

    Then came the super bowl when he tried hurdling a guy, instead of just running forward for the first down, or his Dante Hall type juke moves, only to get SMASHED by BUCKEYE Malcolm Jenkins.

    THEN HE gets traded to the McVay rams…..same happens there.

    He just isn’t anything more than speed. And also, he made a comment a year or two ago about he better not get traded again. You were traded three times because you’re not special man!

  6. Samuel Johnson once said that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove any doubt. Are you listening, Brandon Cooks?

  7. I sure do wish my Minnesota Vikings would find a way to get him over to Minnesota-boy that would be icing on the cake because he would stretch secondaries.

  8. Everyone wants to win. Guys on losing teams don’t quit in the middle of the season, especially if their goal is to be signed by another team. Most teams aren’t shopping for quitters.

  9. Should’ve reworked his contract to make him “tradeable” no one is going to take on 18 million guaranteed.

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