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Bill O'Brien's Texans are making more moves and wide receiver Brandin Cooks is on the move once more.
The Texans are bringing in another dynamic wide receiver, as they acquired Cooks from the Rams late Thursday. Houston will obtain Cooks and a future fourth round pick in exchange for sending a second round pick to the Rams. It's the fourth team for Cooks and it will be the fourth time he's been traded in his career, as the Texans add him to a deep wide receiver corps but one absent of superstar DeAndre Hopkins, who was previously traded this off season to the Cardinals. Originally a first round selection by the Saints in 2014, Cooks will now have been traded three times for two first round picks and a second round choice after stints with New Orleans, the Patriots and Rams. When the Saints drafted Cooks, it was consequently via a pick obtained via trade with the Cardinals. Still, the 26 year old should be a solid addition to a Texans team that looks to have a well rounded offense. Trading away Hopkins one of the game's elite will always be a head scratcher, but now quarterback Deshaun Watson has wide receivers Cooks, Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills along with tight end Darren Fells and running backs David Johnson and Duke Johnson. As for the Rams, while they don't have a first-round draft pick, they now have two second-round selections and two in the third round.
Perennial Pro Bowl wide out DeAndre Hopkins has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for as Michael Irving so eloquently put it a"Ham Sandwich". The entire trade and grades shake out as such. Houston gets, RB David Johnson, a 2020 second round pick, and a 2021 fourth round pick. Arizona Cardinals receive WR DeAndre Hopkins, 2020 fourth round pick. Cardinals grade: A- ,Texans grade: F this trade is downright terrible for Houston in so many ways. They shipped out their second most valuable player who is still in the prime of his career and somehow didn't get a first round draft pick for him. It has to be assumed that the Texans will be drafting multiple wide receivers and possibly signing one of the remaining free agents. Because going into the upcoming season with often injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as the top two receiving options is insanity. Bill O'Brein once again appears to be in way over his head as the general manager of an NFL team. With all of that being said, well done Cardinals specifically general manager Steve Keim. Unloading a terrible contract attached to a 28 year old runningback and getting a top 3 NFL receiver in return is robbery. This exact trade would be vetoed in nine times out of ten in any dynasty league.
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