As lately as Thursday, rumors swirled about Cooks as a goal for the Cowboys, Eagles, Jets, and Browns. Additionally, the Packers and Chiefs each appeared like logical commerce companions for the Texans, with groups having lately traded their primary vast receivers (Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill, respectively) for packages that included late first spherical picks on this month’s draft.
In the tip, the Texans not solely selected to disregard the commerce presents for Cooks, however went a step additional and dedicated to Cooks for 2 extra years, along with the upcoming 2022 season. As it was reported by a number of retailers on Thursday night time Cooks had agreed to a two 12 months extension that will pay him just below $40 million over these two years. Cooks is assured $36 million on these two seasons, and the deal signifies that Cooks is locked into the Texans for the 2022, 2023, and 2024 seasons.
A number of ideas on this vital transfer for Nick Caserio and the Texans:
This deal appears to make sense for either side
While it is enjoyable to fantasize about what different participant the Texans might deliver aboard within the draft with a choose coming again in a Cooks deal, having Cooks on the staff the following few seasons is a strong transfer. While he’s in all probability a notch under the really elite receivers within the league, Cooks is about as constant a participant as you will discover. He’s been largely wholesome for the whole lot of his eight seasons within the league, and in six of these eight seasons he is gone over the 1,000 yard mark. If you are attempting to construct a tradition, Cooks’ management generally is a worthwhile ingredient to that endeavor. From Cooks’ standpoint, he appears to love it right here, has already been traded 3 times in his profession, and certain enjoys being considerably settled down for a change. Also, when somebody waves $36 million in assured cash for signing your title, it may be robust to say “No.”
The Texans’ two most proficient gamers have now proven some extent of long run dedication this offseason
Earlier this offseason, left sort out Laremy Tunsil, who missed the ultimate 12 video games of the season, regardless of being seemingly recovered from a wrist harm for the ultimate month or so of the season, reworked his contract with the staff to open up some cap house. Additionally, he posted on social media, quite excitedly, that he is not leaving the Texans. Then Cooks indicators this contract extension. Those are two gestures that, symbolically no less than, present two good soccer gamers WANTING to stay with the staff. This is probably going a byproduct, to a point, of the expertise and presidential demeanor new head coach Lovie Smith brings that, fairly frankly, David Culley didn’t final 12 months. Maybe, simply perhaps, the Texans are turning a little bit of a nook when ti involves being a spot that good gamers wish to play. Now they simply want extra good gamers. Speaking of which….
What ought to this imply for the Texans and vast receivers within the upcoming draft?
I’ve thought all alongside that utilizing the thirteenth total choose, one of many three first spherical picks acquired within the Deshaun Watson commerce, on a large receiver makes numerous sense. Obviously, buying and selling Cooks would have created a giant emptiness on the depth chart at that place. Keeping Cooks has led to some Texan followers saying “Well, now they don’t need to take a receiver in the first round.” I do not essentially agree with that. I feel the Texans have acute wants EVERYWHERE, together with vast receiver. If, on draft night time, the very best participant on their board when choose 13 comes up is a receiver, then take him. Load up on weapons. Make life simpler for Davis Mills. Speaking of which….
What does this contract extension say about QB Davis Mills?
I feel there are two issues we will learn into the Texans’ determination to not solely grasp onto Cooks, but additionally lengthen his contract. The incontrovertible fact that the Texans did not transfer Cooks for a premium draft choose probably signifies they really feel they’ll win some video games with Mills at quarterback over the following couple seasons. Cooks’ determination to signal an extension might be based mostly, no less than in some half, to his perception that Mills generally is a competent beginning quarterback over a complete NFL season. We’ll discover out if that is the case when Cooks speaks to the media on Tuesday.
The Texans start their offseason actions with their present gamers Monday morning with exercises on the stadium. The draft is lower than three weeks away. The NFL by no means stops.