September 20, 2020

Houston Texans to land WR Brandin Cooks in trade with Los Angeles Rams

The Houston Texans found a wide receiver to help fill the void left by the team’s split with DeAndre Hopkins.

The Los Angeles Rams are trading Brandin Cooks and a future fourth-round pick to the Texans in exchange for a second-round pick this year, two people with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.

Cooks, 26, is the latest standout player to be sent packing by Los Angeles after star running back Todd Gurley was released last month. The 5-10, 183-pound target served as a key deep threat in the Rams’ run to Super Bowl LIII in the 2018 season, catching 80 passes for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. But he was targeted significantly less often in 2019 and recorded just 42 catches for 583 yards and two scores.

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