The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Thursday because the teams had not announced the operation. The NFL Network has reported that the Rams will get a second round pick while sending a future fourth round to Houston.
The cooks will help the Texans replace DeAndre Hopkins, who was shockingly traded to the Arizona Cardinals last month for ball carrier David Johnson and two draft picks.
Although Cooks has not equaled the game of the Hopkins superstar, Cooks is a deep and constant threat who has had five seasons of 50 receptions during his six-year career. Cooks posted 1,000-yard seasons for each of his first three NFL teams: New Orleans, New England and Los Angeles.
California-born Cooks, who spent his first three seasons with the Saints, played the last two years for the Rams after acquiring him from the Patriots. Los Angeles granted him an $ 81 million contract extension until 2023 before playing a game for the team.
The cooks played in consecutive Super Bowls, facing New England in early 2018 and the Rams in early 2019. He caught 80 passes for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 with the NFC Rams Championship team. .
But Cooks had a record 42 career passes for just 583 yards last season while overcoming the last in a series of concussions. He was only 15 caught after week 7 and missed two games after suffering a concussion in the Rams’ game against Cincinnati in London.
Cooks has suffered at least five concussions during his career in the NFL. He did not play for four weeks after his last concussion, seeking additional medical help during this stretch.
Although Houston still has receivers Kenny Stills, Will Fuller and Randall Cobb, the Texans clearly wanted another veteran target for Deshaun Watson after leaving Hopkins and his regularly spectacular production. Hopkins, who has five 1,000-yard career seasons, has captured about a third of Watson’s accomplishments in the past three years.
Cooks joins ball carrier Todd Gurley in the Rams veteran’s out of season talent drain. Cooks and Gurley, the former offensive player of the year of the AP, have been a key part of Coach Sean McVay’s attack over the past two seasons.
Still, the Rams still have a lot of offensive skills in the qualifying position before the draft later this month.
Last season, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were an effective and productive combination of enlargement while the availability of cooks was limited. Wide receiver Josh Reynolds seemed capable of playing a bigger role when he intervened in the absence of the Cooks, making 15 catches for 224 yards in five games.
Tight winger Tyler Higbee also had a breakthrough last season, making 48 catches for 542 yards in the Rams’ last six games.
Los Angeles also needs high draft picks after swapping their first round picks in next year’s draft and next year’s draft to acquire cornerback Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville.