Cowboys commerce for Texans WR Brandin Cooks

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

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

Cooks’ $18 million wage in 2023 is assured, though there might be some wage absorbed by the Texans, a supply instructed Fowler. He’s signed via 2024.

Final yr, the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round decide 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 anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, government vice chairman Stephen Jones stated it was “probably fair,” to criticize the Cowboys in not doing sufficient to exchange Cooper.

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

Cooks, who turns 30 in September, 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.

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

His $18 million wage in 2023 is assured, though there might be some wage absorbed by the Texans, in line with Fowler. He’s signed via 2024.

That is the second main commerce the Cowboys have made within the final week. Dallas additionally acquired cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Indianapolis Colts for a fifth-round decide (No. 176 total).

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