Minutes after the dust settled, the veteran posted a tweet low on clarity, but clearly indicative that he was not happy with ... someone.
Don’t take a man’s kindness for granted. Covered for the lies for too long those days are done. Crossed the line with playing with my career 🏹
— Brandin Cooks (@brandincooks) November 1, 2022
Who could the target of Cooks's ire be? Texans general manager Nick Caserio? His agent? Someone completely uninvolved? There's really no way to know, unless Cooks wants to give us a follow-up. In the meantime, he is proving the cryptic wide receiver tweet stereotype true yet again.
Cooks was also out of practice on Tuesday due to "personal reasons."
It's not hard to see why Cooks might want to get out of Houston. He is a decent-to-good wide receiver on a very bad team, though he loses some sympathy considering he signed a two-year, $36 million contract extension seven months ago with the team he apparently now wants to leave. Maybe Cooks expected more of head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Davis Mills, but the result has been a 1-5-1 record with little reason to expect a short-term turnaround.
So Cooks might have wanted a trade. He was reportedly very close to getting one.
Brandin Cooks trade with Cowboys reportedly fell through
Plenty of wide receiver-needy teams — the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Giants — had a use for Cooks, who has posted six 1,000-yard seasons since entering the league in 2014 and is on pace for 860 receiving yards this season.
But it was the Dallas Cowboys who were in on Cooks in the final minutes of the deadline, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The Cowboys and Texans reportedly had talks go nowhere due to questions about draft pick compensation and Cooks's $18 million salary (and $26.6 million cap hit) next year.
Two sources directly involved tell me #Cowboys and #Texans discussed a potential trade involving WR Brandin Cooks until the final minutes before the NFL trade deadline expired. Draft pick compensation and the $18M guaranteed salary for Cooks in 2023 could not be resolved in time
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 1, 2022
It is worth wondering just how far talks really could have been if the two teams were still negotiating arguably the two biggest aspects of a Brandin Cooks trade, but that probably isn't much comfort to Cooks.
Cooks has plenty of experience changing teams in his nine-year NFL career, beginning with the New Orleans Saints before trades brought him to the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Texans. This would have been his first midseason trade, however.