Though the Philadelphia Eagles have missed out on some of the top tier wideouts who’ve changed teams this offseason, Howie Roseman is reportedly still on the prowl. According to Jordan Schultz, numerous teams have reached out to the Houston Texans to inquire about wideout Brandin Cooks. Among those teams was the Eagles.
Despite being one of the more productive receivers over the past few years with subpar quarterback play, Cooks often gets overlooked. The former first-round pick has gone over 1,000 yards receiving in six of his eight NFL seasons. Last year with Davis Mills as his primary quarterback, Cooks again went over 1,000 yards while hauling in 90 receptions and six touchdowns. Since 2014, Cooks has recorded 205 catches of 15 yards or more, fifth-most during that time.
Cooks, 28, is entering the final year of his contract and is due a base salary of $12.5 million. If the Eagles deal for him, Howie will more than likely restructure the rest of his deal or just resign him.
In terms of what it would take to pry Cooks away from Houston, it shouldn’t take a whole lot. Maybe a fourth of a fifth round pick? DeVante Parker was recently traded to New England for a third-round pick, but that was seen as an overpay by most pundits. The Eagles aren’t that desperate to add a receiver, though Cooks would be a nice addition to the Eagles receiving corps.
He’s one of the best deep threats in the game and has been very productive for the majority of his career. If Howie can get his hands on him for a reasonable price, while re-doing his deal to be more team friendly, there’s no reason to shy away from pulling the trigger.