Sources — Rams trading Brandin Cooks to Texans

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to trade broad receiver Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans, resources explained to ESPN on Thursday.

The Texans will deliver a 2020 next-round NFL draft decide (No. 57 all round) to the Rams for Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round decide, resources stated.

The Rams acquired Cooks, 26, and a fourth-round decide from the New England Patriots in advance of the 2018 draft in trade for a first-round decide. The Rams then signed Cooks to a 5-calendar year, $eighty one million agreement in advance of the year.

The Rams will incur $21.eight million in useless dollars by trading Cooks. They previously compensated him a $4 million roster reward that was thanks on the third day of the league calendar year.

In two seasons with the Rams, Cooks caught 122 passes for 1,787 yards and seven touchdowns.

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In 2018, Cooks performed a pivotal function in a Rams offense that driven the staff to Tremendous Bowl LIII. Cooks caught 80 passes for 1,204 yards and 5 touchdowns.

On the other hand, last year Cooks’ manufacturing declined as he knowledgeable a drop in targets and was sidelined for two game titles because of recurring concussions. Cooks caught 42 passes for 583 yards and two touchdowns.

Before this 7 days, Rams mentor Sean McVay acknowledged that a number of groups reached out with desire in trading for Cooks.

“When you have bought a player of his caliber, you will find a large amount of conversations,” McVay stated. “Groups simply call. He’s set this kind of good stuff on tape.”

The Texans will be the fourth staff Cooks has performed for in what will be his seventh NFL year.

Past thirty day period, Texans mentor and common manager Invoice O’Brien traded broad receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round decide to the Arizona Cardinals for functioning back David Johnson, a 2020 next-round decide and a 2021 fourth-round variety.

Cooks Hopkins
Targets 19th 2nd
Rec yds 11th 2nd
Rec TDs T-twelfth 2nd
–ESPN Stats & Facts

In his only general public reviews about the offer, O’Brien stated last 7 days that trading Hopkins “was in the finest desire of our staff” because the broad receiver wished “a increase.”

Hopkins was less than agreement for a few extra seasons and experienced a cap strike of $fourteen million in advance of he was traded. Cooks’ present agreement has a cap strike of $sixteen.eight million in 2020. He is less than agreement for four extra decades, despite the fact that there is an out immediately after the approaching year.

Houston’s receiving corps for quarterback Deshaun Watson will now feature Cooks and Will Fuller on the exterior alongside with Kenny Stills, with recently signed veteran Randall Cobb manning the slot.

The New Orleans Saints selected Cooks with the twentieth all round decide out of Oregon State in the 2014 draft. He performed a few seasons for the Saints in advance of he was traded to the Patriots, the place he performed for 1 year in advance of the Rams acquired him.

Cooks, who will transform 27 in September, has experienced a 1,000-yard receiving year with the Saints, Patriots and Rams. The only player in NFL heritage to article 1,000 receiving yards in a year with four different groups is Brandon Marshall, according to ESPN Stats & Facts study.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.