The Cowboys simply made their second commerce of the start phases of the 2023 offseason.
Sources: The #Texans are buying and selling WR Brandin Cooks to the #Cowboys for a fifth this yr and sixth subsequent yr. A giant-play risk for Dallas.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2023
Brandin Cooks, now some of the traded gamers in NFL historical past, provides the Cowboys some severe velocity reverse of CeeDee Lamb. By means of his nine-year profession he has performed 5 full seasons, and in every of these seasons he collected 1,000 yards or extra.
Though he missed some video games final yr, he nonetheless managed to catch 4.4 balls a recreation whereas averaging 53.8 yards per. All whereas being on an offense that ranked thirty first in scoring offense and thirty first in whole yards.
As a bonus, the Cowboys bought Houston to pay a part of his contract.
To finish the Brandin Cooks commerce, Texans agreed to pay $6M of his $18M wage in 2023, an individual conversant in scenario stated. So Cowboys purchase Cooks for 2 Day 3 picks and save one third of his wage. @AaronWilson_NFL first reported the monetary factor to deal.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 19, 2023
Earlier this week, a report surfaced that if the Cowboys have been to commerce for a large receiver, it was going to be adjoining to the Stephon Gilmore deal.
This is my article from Friday.
If the Cowboys have been going to make a commerce for a receiver, it needed to be a steal. They have been on the lookout for the receiver model of the Stephon Gilmore commerce. They discovered it in Brandin Cooks.https://t.co/zHICf1CeBi
— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) March 19, 2023
They discovered it. Cooks not solely provides a key element to this group, however it bolsters the category of returnees and newcomers for the Cowboys. Final yr initially of free company, we have been parched from any offers and the only a few that did occur have been underwhelming. This time round, the Cowboys are probably the most lively group within the commerce market and as Dak Prescott stated earlier this week, “the urgency is now.”
With the necessity of huge receiver presumably checked off the buying record, the Cowboys now have some draft flexibility.
We’re nonetheless early into FA, however not a ton of big holes for Dallas proper now.
iDL, TE (?), and RB are their three largest wants left.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 19, 2023
They now can add depth to a place like offensive line, add one other weapon to what ought to be an already improved offense, or some defensive position depth. The Cowboys have usually walked into the draft with too many holes after sitting out free company and trades. This yr, there’s some flexibility in positional wants, which provides the chance to select the perfect participant out there in every spherical.
All issues thought of, the Cowboys method to the offseason appears completely different than latest years. A welcomed change, at that. That is the perfect begin to any Cowboys offseason in an extended, very long time. The very best half is, we’re solely per week in.