Dallas Cowboys acquire reciever Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

This article was last updated on March 20, 2023

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Dallas Cowboys acquire reciever Brandin Cooks

Just a few weeks ago, Dallas Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones had expressed the team’s need to enhance their passing game. On Sunday morning, the team made good on that promise by trading for speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans for a fifth-round pick in 2023 and a sixth-round pick in 2024. The trade for Cooks had been in the works for six months, with the Cowboys attempting to acquire him before the trade deadline last October, but they couldn’t come to terms with the Texans, who had reportedly asked for a third-round pick in exchange.

This time, however, the Cowboys managed to acquire Cooks at an even lower rate, providing them with the speedy receiver they had been seeking to play alongside their top option, CeeDee Lamb. Cooks has two years remaining on his contract, with a guaranteed base salary of $18 million in 2023 and $13 million in 2024. As part of the trade, the Texans agreed to pay $6 million of the $18 million salary in 2023.

Cooks, who will turn 30 in September, has been traded four times in his career and will now be playing for his fifth team, having previously played for the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, and Texans. Despite this, he has consistently been productive, providing a deep threat with 630 receptions for 8,616 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career. Cooks has had six 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

The addition of Cooks to the Cowboys’ roster provides a complement to Lamb and Michael Gallup at receiver, giving quarterback Dak Prescott a new option who can stretch the defense. This move comes a year after the Cowboys traded their former No.1-receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick.

This off-season has been one of change for the Cowboys, who traditionally prefer to build their team through the draft. They have recently made several cap-saving moves, including the release of running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was designated as a post-June 1 cut, saving the Cowboys nearly $11 million against the 2023 cap. Additionally, the team acquired cornerback Stephen Gilmore in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for a fifth-round pick just last Tuesday.

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