Cowboys reportedly trade for Texans WR Brandin Cooks, ties record for most-traded player in NFL history

Brandin Cooks is being sold again. The Houston Texans will reportedly send a wide receiver to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for two draft picks: a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick.

Last season, Cooks caught 57 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns. He is a fast runner and will pair well with his future WR teammate CeeDee Lamb, especially WR Michael Gallup who is currently recovering from arthroscopic ankle surgery.

Cooks, a nine-year NFL veteran, wanted to leave Houston for a while, requesting a trade in October before the 2022 deadline. After seeing three head coaches in three seasons and the trade of Deshawn Watson, he did not want to participate in the restoration. He didn’t get his wish back then, probably because his contract (he owes $18 million in 2023) was too big and the Texans’ asking price may have been too high. But now he’s heading to another Texas team that’s clearly not in recovery mode.

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Receiver Brandin Cooks was reportedly traded to the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In fact, when this deal is officially announced, Cooks will set the record for the best-selling player in NFL history. Until Sunday, he was changed three times: from the New Orleans Saints (the team that selected him in 2014 with the 20th number) to the New England Patriots in 2017, from the Patriots to the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and from the Los Angeles Rams. Rams to Texans in 2020.

Now, in his fourth career trade, Cooks tied retired running back Eric Dickerson for the all-time NFL trade record.


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