Brandin Cooks to the Patriots? The hot rumor makes sense for the offense

I’d have to imagine that being a member of the Houston Texans organization is incredibly frustrating right now. The team is off to a horrific 1-6 start to the season, Deshaun Watson will likely never take another snap with the team again and the team is rebuilding.

The latest issue surrounding the Texans is whether or not they will trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks prior to the NFL trade deadline. On Wednesday, the former Patriots wide out tweeted his displeasure over the Texans trading Mark Ingram. Cooks sent out the following message via Twitter: “This is bulls—. Such a joke.”

Brandin Cooks an option to return to New England?

The Patriots are currently sitting at 3-4 in the AFC East and could look to make an upgrade on offense. Cooks is no stranger to New England, the 28-year-old spent the 2017 season in Foxboro. In his lone season with the Patriots, Cooks had 65 receptions, 1,082-yards and seven touchdowns. According to NESN’s Zack Cox, Cooks would be a “logical addition” for the Patriots.

If Bill Belichick picks up the phone and calls Nick Caserio the two could work out a deal that would land the Texans a draft pick. Cooks would immediately become the number one receiver for Mac Jones slotting Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor down on the depth chart. Those four receivers would help open up the Patriots passing game for Jones by giving the young quarterback a burner on the outside.

“Jakobi Meyers, Agholor and Kendrick Bourne are a respectable top trio, even if Agholor has underperformed his contract to this point,” said Cox.

“Tight end Hunter Henry also has emerged as a legit pass-game weapon with four touchdown catches in the last four games, and the disappointing Jonnu Smith was in the midst of his most productive game to date Sunday before a shoulder injury shelved him,” added Cox.

Brandin Cooks becomes Mac Jones No. 1 receiver?

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The Patriots offense is currently ranked as 16th in the NFL and Jones is ninth in passing yards with 1,779. Cooks has already spent time in New England which would help with the learning curve with their offensive playbook.

The veteran wide receiver was acquired by the Patriots prior to the 2017 season from the Saints. New England surrender a first-round pick and a third-rounder they received from Cleveland (Jamie Collins trade) to New Orleans to land Cooks.

Cooks and Agholor would provide Jones with two wide outs with incredible speed. The addition of Cooks doesn’t immediately make the Patriots a contender, however, it could put them into the playoff conversation.


New England is lacking depth in their secondary and that should be the area addressed prior to the trade deadline. The Patriots recently added defensive back Brian Poole to their practice squad and will help with their banged up secondary.

Ultimately the cost for Cooks will be the issue for the Patriots if they look to add the veteran. Cooks wouldn’t hurt the Patriots’ salary cap this season, as the Texans converted $10 million of his 2021 salary into a signing bonus in the spring. He is also going to be due $12.5 million next season. Could Belichick offer up a mid-round pick along with N’Keal Harry to get the Texans to bite? That is unknown but Belichick should look to add at the deadline because despite their record, the Patriots have improved each week.

– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)

Feature image courtesy of Houston Chronicle

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