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Brandin Cooks Trade: Teams Calling Texans, Cowboys in Rumors

Cooks - despite his speed and consistency - may not be viewed as a "No. 1 receiver'' by Dallas.
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FRISCO - Can a rumor turn into a reality? And then can it turn Brandin Cooks into a member of the Dallas Cowboys?

A few days ago, Bleacher Report offered up, as it often does, a "potential trade proposal,'' this time featuring a “stunner” deal that would have the Cowboys landing Houston Texans playmaker Brandin Cooks in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 88) in April’s NFL Draft.

Any substance here? From a Dallas perspective, maybe not much. While it is true that the Cowboys are looking to replace Amari Cooper (a cap casualty via trade to Cleveland earlier this offseason), Cooks - along with his speed and consistency - may not be viewed as a "No. 1 receiver'' (like, say, D.K. Metcalf) ... and therefore, to Dallas, may not merit the $12.5 million price tag for this, his final contractual season. (And of course, that goes hand-in-hand with Cooks, 28 surely prepping to ask for a new deal.)

But now along comes ESPN reporting that "the Texans have received multiple calls on Cooks.''

Should Dallas be among those teams?

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Cooks has played for four teams in eight years, but that is not indicative of any negative; in Houston he is considered an asset as a locker-room leader as well as a perennial 1,000-yard receiver. His 4.33 40 time is part of the package as well.

Worth nothing: Each deal, and situation, is different. While the Cowboys only landed a fifth-round selection for Cooper, sources in Houston via TexansDaily.com tell us that the Texans do not plan on parting with Cooks for the rumor/report compensation of a third-round pick - and that they might listen if teams offer a second-rounder.

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Given the depth of receivers in this draft, Cooks - even as a guy who put up 90 catches for 1,037 and six touchdowns in 2021 for an awful Texans team - isn't a match with a Cowboys team that thinks it can find a running mate for CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup and for the Dak Prescott-led offense in late April.

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