The Houston Texans, to the surprise of very few people, are among the worst teams in the NFL this season. They currently have a record of 1-4-1, with only the 1-5 Detroit Lions having a worse mark. Brandin Cooks appears to be potential available ahead of the trade deadline and both the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers are interested.
With an eye toward the future, the Texans are a team that many people are keeping an eye on with the NFL trade deadline set for next week. There are a few veterans that have been mentioned as potential trade targets, including Cooks.
Cooks has provided WR1 numbers throughout his career, surpassing the 1,000-yard plateau six times in his career. The only seasons that he didn’t reach that number were his rookie season in 2014 and with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 when he was the third option behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
The Texans weren’t open to moving Cooks before the regular season, as they signed him to an extension during the offseason. However, with the team in a clear rebuild and some other organizations being desperate for wide receiver help, Houston could be able to cash in on a nice deal.
According to NFL Rumors on Twitter, there are already a few teams that have reached out. The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Rams have all shown interest in acquiring Cooks.
You can probably take the Chiefs off of this list as they acquired Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants earlier on Thursday. While they still have plenty of draft capital to offer, if they are going to add another wide receiver to the mix, it will likely be a free agent.
Green Bay is desperate for pass-catching help and could be willing to pay a premium price, especially for a player as established as Cooks. He would be a huge boost for Aaron Rodgers and the passing offense.
The Rams would be an interesting landing spot as Cooks has already spent some time with the franchise playing under Sean McVay. They need an infusion of talent and adding a deep threat of Cooks’ caliber could help open up the offense as Cooper Kupp is the only player that Matthew Stafford has found any success targeting.
Cooks would help any of the three as a legitimate go-to option. Out of the three, the Packers need him the most and would probably be willing to offer the best package.