Dallas lands a wide receiver, but not the one fans expected

Brandin Cooks will stay in Texas, but not with the Texans.
Photo: PA

THE Dallas Cowboys had their man. He’s not the player many fans might think of, but they targeted a wide receiver and got him. By ESPN, the Cowboys acquired Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans for a fifth- and sixth-round draft pick. Not a high price at all for a receiver once considered one of the best young wides in the NFL.

That’s the best Cowboys fans can hope for from Jerry Jones during free agency. Jones isn’t prepared to spend the money it would take to bring a receiver of DeAndre Hopkins’ caliber into the fold. Jones is looking for the right deal and may have found it with Cooks. Dropping late picks in 2023 and 2024 is a low-risk, high-reward transaction.

Hopkins was campaign for a trade to Big D and even did an impromptu public service announcement with Dez Bryant expressing his desire to be a cowboy. Welp, this dream is almost shattered at the moment. Cooks has been on the trading block for what seems like forever, and he’s finally out of Houston. If healthy, Cooks should bypass one of the league’s best wide receiver triple threats. Ceedee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Cooks will give defensive coordinators nightmares.

While Hopkins would have given Dallas the NFL’s most explosive passing offense, their overall success will ultimately come down to Dak Prescott producing in the biggest moments. It doesn’t matter who’s lining up outside if Prescott can’t get the job done. So the Cooks’ pickup is nice but not quite the kick that most fans were hoping to see this offseason.


Leave a Reply