The Texans gave up a second round pick – # 57 overall – in the next draft in exchange for Cooks and a fourth round in 2022, the Rams announced on Friday.
This is the third time that Cooks has been traded in the past four years. He played for the New Orleans Saints for three seasons before sending him back to the New England Patriots before a 2017 campaign that ended in a Super Bowl loss for the latter. The Patriots then returned him to the Los Angeles Rams, who lost to New England in Super Bowl LIII.
Cooks joins fellow deep threats colleagues Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, as well as the slot machine receiver Randall Cobb. With offensive back David Johnson and Duke Johnson, they will surround quarterback Deshaun Watson as the Texans seek to defend their AFC South crown.
But the cooks come with concerns. The 26-year-old has suffered four concussions since 2018 and his number has dropped dramatically in 2019. After recording 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns in 2018, he has captured 42 passes for 583 yards and two scores the last season.
He also has four years left on a five-year, $ 80 million extension he signed with Los Angeles in 2018.
The Texans are expected to enter the draft on April 23 without a choice in the first round after trading theirs with the Miami Dolphins in the Laremy Tunsil case. However, they added a second round selection (40th overall) to the Hopkins-David Johnson trade with Arizona, and they also have a pick each in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
The cash-strapped Rams, on the other hand, continue to lose talent after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016. In addition to allegedly competing for the Cooks, they also released midfielder Todd Gurley and linebacker Clay Matthews. The team also lost the safety of retired Eric Weddle.