Houston Texans wide receiver Brandon Cooks seems unhappy he wasn’t traded before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. CT NFL trade deadline. And he appears to have found Twitter to be the most useful avenue for which to voice his displeasure.
Nothing beats a good, cryptic NFL receiver tweet.
I get a kick out of the moments in which life imitates art. And Cooks’ tweet is pure art. Moreover, I’ve not seen a receiver tweet that has this classic tweet’s energy in quite some time. Talk about being at the intersection of real-life moments and imitating art:
As for Cooks, I can understand his disappointment. It’s not just that the Houston Texans stink, it’s that the franchise looks like a rudderless ship. Cooks, who signed an extension that guarantees him $18 million next season and could pay him a $13 million base salary in 2024. At a relatively modest number, Cooks probably thought the Texans would move him and his contract at the deadline if they were stinking up the joint this year. And while NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports there were talks about trading Cooks, nothing came to fruition. Among the teams that seemed to miss the boat on Cooks is the Green Bay Packers. At least, that is the insinuation that comes off with Rap Sheet linking these tweets together.
Imagine *NOT* making a splash trade for a receiver at the trade deadline. Couldn’t be Ryan Poles, who swooped in to snatch Chase Claypool in a trade with the Steelers. So, honestly, I can’t relate.
Given what Cooks just put out onto the Twittersphere, it’ll be worth keeping tabs on what happens with the Texans receiver in the upcoming offseason. Houston can’t just cut him without penalty. In a best-case scenario, the Texans could designate Cooks as a post-June 1 cut and create $500,000 in cap space — all while eating $26,110,370 in dead money. A traditional cut would cost Houston more than $7.6 million and come with a dead cap hit north of $34.2 million. In other words, the cut is not worth making. But that doesn’t mean Cooks will be sticking around in Houston.
Had the Bears not made the Claypool trade, it wouldn’t have taken much for me to make the connection for a trade between them and the Texans. But with Claypool in the mix, a more wise use of assets might be to use a pick on a high-upside receiver prospect and free agency dollars on a middle-tier receiver to settle in behind Mooney and Claypool on the depth chart. And yet, if the price is right, then maybe Cooks makes sense in Chicago. If the first year of Poles’ regime has taught me anything, it is that everything is on the table. So with that being said, we’ll monitor this situation as it evolves.