Cowboys commerce for Texans WR Brandin Cooks

FRISCO, Texas — Wanting so as to add pace and a complement to Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb, the Dallas Cowboys are buying Houston Texans huge receiver Brandin Cooks for a fifth-round choose in 2023 and a sixth-round choose in 2024, sources instructed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter.

The Cowboys and Texans had discussions concerning a deal earlier than final 12 months’s commerce deadline however couldn’t come to an settlement.

Cooks’ $18 million wage in 2023 is assured. Cooks restructured his contract Saturday in order that Houston can pay $6 million of his wage this season and Dallas can pay the remaining $12 million, sources instructed ESPN. He is below contract via 2024.

“Beyond blessed and can’t wait to go be special for the star! Very thankful for the Jones family for this opportunity for my family and I,” Cooks stated in a textual content message to ESPN’s DJ Bien-Aime.

Last 12 months, the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round choose however solely added veteran James Washington in free company and Jalen Tolbert within the third spherical as a alternative. Washington suffered a damaged foot in coaching camp and performed in solely two video games, with no catch, earlier than his launch. Tolbert caught simply two passes as a rookie.

With Michael Gallup getting back from a torn ACL in his left knee, government vice chairman Stephen Jones stated it was “probably fair” to criticize the Cowboys for not doing sufficient to switch Cooper.

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In Cooks, the Cowboys purchase a pace menace to pair with Lamb and Gallup, whom the group believes will probably be a lot better in his second 12 months off of main surgical procedure.

Cooks, 29, has been vocal about his unhappiness in Houston and stated he did not wish to be a part of a rebuild. He caught 57 passes for 699 yards and three scores in 13 video games for the Texans final season.

In his profession with the Texans, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, he has 630 receptions for 8,616 yards and 49 touchdowns.

This is the fourth time he has been traded in his profession.

The Cooks deal is the second main commerce the Cowboys have made previously week. Dallas additionally acquired cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Indianapolis Colts for a fifth-round choose (No. 176 general).

The Cowboys have constructed their roster via the draft, eschewing main free agent signings. They now have one choose in every spherical. They had three fifth-round picks after compensatory alternatives have been introduced however have since dealt two of them.