Cowboys Interested In Trade For Texans WR Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks, Cowboys, Texans
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The Dallas Cowboys have been playing some great football this season despite some challenging circumstances to overcome. Losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 1 was tough to rebound from, but the team rallied and played well without him. Could a trade for Houston Texans wideout Brandin Cooks be in their future?

Dallas went 3-1 without him and has gone 2-0 since his return. The offense is beginning to get on track, matching what has been excellent performances from their defense thus far this season. The Cowboys have a top-five defense, but their offense hasn’t been nearly as successful.

Part of that was Cooper Rush being asked to just manage the game more than win it as the starting quarterback in place of Prescott. With Prescott back in the lineup, things will start to open up and we are already beginning to see that. 

Against the Chicago Bears in Week 8, the Cowboys went up and down the field with ease, gaining 442 yards of total offense. However, this is an offense that could probably use a little more juice. Adding another playmaker, specifically at the wide receiver, would be a good move for Dallas.

They have yet to have a 100-yard receiver in a single game this season, as the closest they have gotten was CeeDee Lamb with 97 yards in Week 4 against the Washington Commanders. There has been a ton of pressure on him thus far this season with Michael Gallup still knocking off some rust following Amari Cooper being traded to the Cleveland Browns and Cedrick Wilson Jr. signing with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason.

As a result, the Cowboys have been poking around ahead of the trade deadline for some help at the position. One player to keep an eye on is Brandin Cooks of the Houston Texans. According to NFL Rumors on Twitter, the Cowboys have reached out to the Texans about his availability.

Cooks would be an excellent addition to the Cowboys’ offense. He would take a ton of pressure off of Lamb as he has experience being the No. 1, go-to option on offenses in his career. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau six times in eight seasons coming into 2022.

The price to acquire Cooks shouldn’t be too steep as his contract is pretty big and goes into 2023. That should enable the Cowboys to acquire him for an early Day 3 pick, giving Prescott an impressive group of pass catchers to throw the ball to.