Houston Texans silence Brandin Cooks trade talks with two-year extension

Brandin Cooks is officially part of the Houston Texans for the next few years.

After many wide receivers had been traded, it looked like that Brandin Cooks was set to be the next domino that fell. Well, in a somewhat surprising twist, he’s staying in Houston as the Houston Texans just gave him a two-year extension that keeps him on the roster through the 2024 season.

Current contract details are not available at the time of this writing, but it’ll be interesting to see how Houston managed to keep on the best pass-catchers in the game in town despite them being in a rebuild.

Cooks is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is just one of six wide receivers in franchise history to achieve that feat. So what’s next for the Houston Texans and their draft plans, among other topics?


Despite the Cooks extension, the Houston Texans should not be satisfied with their wide receivers.

There’s a reason why the Texans struggled last year to be higher than 28th in passing yards in 2021. Cooks was the only target that produced consistently and stayed healthy. That doesn’t mean that Houston should be happy just because they kept Cooks.

There has to be a wide receiver taken within the first three rounds. No offense to the rest of the depth chart from last year, but unless they all take a quantum leap, the job’s not going to get done. If they could also add a running back, then the passing game might flourish even more.

It’s a rare sight to see in Houston, with one of the team’s best players actually sticking around. But that’s a sign of the better times ahead, and Nick Caserio is slowly starting to change it.