The Houston Texans traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Dallas Cowboys for draft picks on Sunday.
The Texans will receive a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a sixth-round selection in 2024. The Texans also are expected to pay $6 million of Cooks’ $18 million guaranteed contract to facilitate the trade, multiple media outlets reported.
“I wanted to go to Dallas. I wanted to be a part of something that’s already special,” Cooks said, per KPRC2 in Houston.
The Texans also re-signed Laremy Tunsil to a three-year, $75 million deal that once again makes him the highest-paid left tackle in NFL history, according to NFL Network.
Tunsil, 28, who represented himself, secured a contract that includes a $30 million signing bonus, $50 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees, per the report.
Tunsil earned his third Pro Bowl selection in 2022 and started all 17 games. He has 94 starts in seven seasons with Houston and the Miami Dolphins (2016-18), who drafted him 13th overall in 2016.
Cooks was traded for the fourth time in his career, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson for the all-time record in the NFL.
Cooks, 29, caught 57 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns in 13 starts with the Texans in 2022.
He said he has more in the tank heading into next season.
“No doubt, I don’t really talk about it, but my body feels better at this age than I’ve ever felt,” Cooks said. “The way I take care of my body, there’s no slowing down anytime.”
A six-time 1,000-yard receiver, Cooks has 630 career receptions for 8,616 yards and 49 touchdowns in 132 games (120 starts) with the New Orleans Saints (2014-16), New England Patriots (2017), Los Angeles Rams (2018-19) and Texans. The Saints drafted him with the 20th pick in 2014.
Cooks replaces Noah Brown in Dallas. Brown, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Texans earlier this week, had 43 catches for 555 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) in 2022.
–Field Level Media