Had the wide receiver been traded, it would have been for a record-tying fourth time in his career. Only Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has been traded as many times as Cooks in NFL history.
The hiccup in Houston moving Cooks was likely the guaranteed salary he had coming in 2023. Cooks, who had a guaranteed base salary of $1.16 million this season, is due an $18 million base salary next year.
Cooks, who did not practice Tuesday due to what head coach Lovie Smith deemed personal reasons and was also listed with a wrist injury, currently leads the Texans with 32 receptions and 354 receiving yards. The 29-year-old has remarkably posted a 1,000-yard season for each team he’s played for.
Having begun his career as a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints, Cooks was traded to the New England Patriots, then the Los Angeles Rams, then the Texans and appeared to be packing his bags yet again, but as Tuesday came and went, any momentum for Cooks moving on dissipated.
Tuesday saw 10 trades executed and 12 players swapped, the most on deadline day in the last 30 years, per NFL Research. However, there were notables such as Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt, Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers and Cooks who remain with their squads as the deadline has come and gone.
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