Sources: Cowboys commerce for Texans WR Cooks

FRISCO, Texas — Wanting so as to add pace and a complement to Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb, the Dallas Cowboys are buying Houston Texans large receiver Brandin Cooks for a fifth-round choose in 2023 and a sixth-round choose in 2024, sources advised ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter.

The Cowboys and Texans had discussions relating to a deal earlier than final yr’s commerce deadline however couldn’t come to an settlement.

Cooks’ $18 million wage in 2023 is assured. Cooks restructured his contract on Saturday in order that Houston can pay $6 million of his wage this season and Dallas can pay the remaining $12 million, sources advised ESPN He is underneath contract by means of 2024.

“Beyond blessed and can’t wait to go be special for the star! Very thankful for the Jones family for this opportunity for my family and I,” Cooks stated in a textual content message to ESPN’s DJ Bien-Aime.

Last yr, the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round choose however solely added veteran James Washington in free company and Jalen Tolbert within the third spherical as a alternative. Washington suffered a damaged foot in coaching camp and performed in solely two video games, and not using a catch, earlier than his launch. Tolbert caught simply two passes as a rookie.

With Michael Gallup getting back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, government vice chairman Stephen Jones stated it was “probably fair,” to criticize the Cowboys in not doing sufficient to interchange Cooper.

In Cooks, the Cowboys purchase a pace menace to pair with Lamb and Gallup, whom the group believes can be a lot better in his second yr off of main surgical procedure.

Cooks, who turns 30 in September, has been vocal about his unhappiness in Houston and stated he did not need to be a part of a rebuild. He caught 57 passes for 699 yards and three scores in 13 video games for the Texans final season.

In his profession with the Texans, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, he has 630 receptions for 8,616 yards and 49 touchdowns.

This is the fourth time he has been traded in his profession.

The Cooks deal is the second main commerce the Cowboys have made up to now week. Dallas additionally acquired cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Indianapolis Colts for a fifth-round choose (No. 176 total).

The Cowboys have constructed their roster by means of the draft, eschewing main free agent signings. They now have one choose in every spherical. They had three fifth-round picks after compensatory choices had been introduced however have since dealt two of them.