Houston Texans sign top receiver to contract extension

Texans, Brandin Cooks agree to extension. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Texans and Brandin Cooks have agreed to a 2-year contract extension.

Rumors have been swirling about Brandin Cooks, and the interest he's received from WR-needy teams across the NFL. But many believed the Texans would hold on to Cooks to help develop QB Davis Mills. Plus, Cooks has been traded so many times in his career, and he has reportedly expressed a desire to stay with the Texans. So this signing works out well for both parties, and teams can now stop calling the Texans about Cooks' availability.

This signing also allows GM Nick Caserio to have flexibility in the draft. He won't feel pressure to draft a receiver purely out of necessity. Details of the contract are not known at this time.

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Are Houston Texans fans too optimistic about the current rebuild of the team under Texans GM Nick Caserio? Should Texans fans be more concerned about several key issues?

For instance, Texans fans would view the Deshaun Watson trade very differently if his legal issues hadn't become such a problem. Also, the Texans have had two botched coaching searches recently and no other NFL team interviewed David Culley or Lovie Smith for a head coach position recently, but Texans fans see the Lovie hire as a win. And rightfully so. He's certainly a more qualified candidate compared to Josh McCown. But if McCown is the measuring stick, that's clearly a concern.

Finally, will the next elite player the Texans develop want out like Deshaun Watson?

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