Texans' Brandin Cooks: 'I'm Not Going to Accept Any More Trades'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2021

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) during pregame warmups before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)
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Brandin Cooks has been traded three times in his seven-year NFL career and would not be happy if he is moved again. 

"As far as a team thinking they could trade me for draft capital, I would caution them to think twice, because quite frankly, I'm not going to accept any more trades," the Houston Texans receiver said Friday, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN. "And so, for me, if you want me off your team, you've just got to let me walk and choose my destination."

Cooks began his career with the New Orleans Saints before being sent to the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and eventually the Texans before this season.

He remained productive with at least one 1,000-yard season at each of his first three stops. He is approaching that mark in 2020 as well, entering the final week with 70 catches for 984 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games.

With another 16 yards Sunday, Cooks would be the second player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards for four different teams, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Despite constantly having to relocate, the wideout's value has remained high.

The Patriots and Rams each parted with a first-round draft pick as part of their trade packages, while the Texans gave up a second-round pick.

Cooks wants to remain with Houston, noting he has a newborn son and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is a "special player."

"Who wouldn't want to play with a quarterback like Deshaun?" he added. "... I feel great about playing in this offense. I think there's so much more room to keep continuing to grow together."

The receiver has three years remaining on his contract, but he has a $12 million cap hit for 2021 and the Texans could move on through a trade or release with no dead cap money attached, per Spotrac.