Brandin Cooks: I’m not looking to be part of a rebuild

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Four of this year’s playoff teams made it to the postseason in their current head coach’s first season with the team, so it’s not impossible for a team to make a quick transition from out of the running to the postseason.

Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks doesn’t sound too confident that the Texans can follow that kind of trajectory after firing Lovie Smith Sunday.

Cooks wanted out of Houston ahead of the trade deadline and missed a game after taking a brief leave from the team when none came to pass. He was stripped of his candidacy after returning to the team and he played out the season, but said on Monday that he’s again looking for an exit.

“I’m not going into this offseason thinking I want to be a part of a rebuild. . . . I’m not looking at it as far as being a part of a rebuild, however that looks,” Cooks said, via DJ Bien-Amie of ESPN.com. “That’s why I trust my camp and my representation to be able to get a map from here to there and to see what that looks like to be a part of something that has a trusted plan.”

Cooks signed a two-year deal before the 2022 season that includes a guaranteed salary of $18 million for 2023. That was an obstacle to a trade during the season it will likely be a stumbling block again unless Cooks agrees to alter it or the Texans eat some salary in order to make a deal.

29 responses to “Brandin Cooks: I’m not looking to be part of a rebuild

  1. What the market will bear? Good luck getting out as there are younger, less expensive receivers out there. Good thing your agent did his job.

  2. This is what I hate about players & guaranteed money.
    The players want “respect” (want more $) & when they get the “respected” (paid more $) from the team, suddenly, they don’t want to play for the team that “respected” them….

  3. Signed a 2 year deal before this season and doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild? Who did he think he was signing with? How could the 2 years be anything but a rebuild? SMH…

  4. Can anyone explain the secrets behind why every team this guy plays for wants to get rid of him? What is it? I’ve never seen anything like it.

  5. It’s a generational thing. Everyone wants to play on a stacked team. Less work … more money … and they’re entitled, right?

  6. Any team that signs a guy like this is nuts. It’s like an edge rusher saying he only wants to play on 3rd and long, so he can get inflated sack numbers. Or a receiver saying he’s not interested in blocking. I mean, every time I look up, Cooks is wearing a different uniform. Some guys just wear out their welcome, and never seem to get it.

  7. You signed a contract you knew made you impossible to trade but you figured that wasn’t your problem until it was and now you are upset about it like it wasn’t your fault?

  8. Cooks signed a two-year deal before the 2022 season that includes a guaranteed salary of $18 million for 2023. That was an obstacle to a trade during the season it will likely be a stumbling block again unless Cooks agrees to alter it or the Texans eat some salary in order to make a deal.
    ———-
    Even if the Texans were to eat some of the contract theres still an issue, based on what Cooks has said in the past (before his last extension when going into the last yr of his deal) is he’d want an extension on any trade as he didnt want to be a rental again.

  9. Cooks is a good receiver and with the right QB could be great. Going to a KC, Buffalo, or Cincinnati would be ideal for him.

  10. Why would the Texans eat salary to trade him? He wants out, he makes the concessions. Then again… It is the Texans

  11. If he gives up his guaranteed $18m contract then i’m sure the texans would be more than happy to let him walk

  12. Maybe you should be a man, honor the contract, collect your way too high of a paycheck with a smile and do all you can to help a young team win? Why is that so hard?

  13. Players are like:
    “Waaaa….I want a big contract with a big signing bonus and multiple years for my security”
    When the player contributes to the suckiness of the team:
    “Waaaa….this sucks, I want out of my deal…and I want to keep all of my signing bonus”

    Teams see a guy like Cooks and think “he has never been on a winning team, so he must be part of the problem but his cap number (players fault) prevents us from cutting him.

  14. $50M cap hit over the next two years??? That’s a deal with the devil. If his camp can find a way out of this, then I’m sure Houston will trip all over themselves trying to sign off on it. But it’s Houston, so they’ll mess it up somehow.

  15. Dude has been traded so much it is obviously the contract.

    He wanted crazy money and was starting to show diva like bitching at Drew and got his walking papers out of there. The pats rented him and traded him.

    The real issue is he is tiny and can’t beat press coverage. You have to scheme him open against man coverages. He is a solid #2 but will never be more than that.

  16. Cook has been on a winning team, he played for the TB12 led Patriots. He just is not that good and whines a lot.

  17. Cooks is a whining snowflake. He has an excuse for every failure he’s had. It is time to send him from the league where he can taste the real world.

  18. I am confused here, he wants out and isn’t willing to void his 2023 salary?

    Initially I thought Houston was just being spiteful for not trading him during the season.

    Now it makes sense. This guy is a complete tool. I am almost always on the side of the player in any dispute with the team. Not this time.

    Its this simple Brandin, if you want to leave, walk away from the $18M guaranteed salary. I am sure the team wants you to do that anyway.

    What’s the problem? You don’t expect to take the $18M with you as a parting gift, do you?

  19. No problem with guys wanting and getting the money they want.
    If they’re a star player, they can dictate where they play.
    Brandin Cooks isn’t in the class of players who get to demand where they play.

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