Brandin Cooks is back on the road. The Houston Texans agreed to trade the big-play wide receiver to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in the fourth trade of his career — tying an NFL record set by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Houston received the same compensation for Cooks that the New Orleans Saints received for defenseman CJ Gardner-Johnson last year: a current-year fifth-round pick and a future sixth-round pick.
Cooks was drawn from Oregon State by the Saints in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, but a dispute with his role on offense following the arrival of Michael Thomas in 2016 led to his first trade a year later. The Saints sent Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for first- and third-round players-turned-two Pro Bowlers (right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and defensive end Trey Hendrickson).
Since then, he’s moved around the league many times, traveling coast-to-coast as the Patriots shipped Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. Cooks signed a five-year contract extension with the Rams this summer, but Houston only took him on for two years later in a deal with LA. He’ll likely be thankful his final trade is to stay in the state rather than head from New Orleans to New England to go to Southern California. If you’re curious, the Saints will play the Texans in 2023, but they won’t see Cooks and the Cowboys again until 2024.
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Story originally appeared on Saints Wire
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