Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks has acknowledged to his team that he won't accept any more trades as he is hoping to stay in Houston long-term and settle in with his family. Cooks, who is playing on his fourth NFL team in his seventh season in the league, times, has three years left on the contract he signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
Cooks is aware that the Texans might explore trading him for draft assets this upcoming offseason. Cooks, a first round pick in 2014, enjoys playing with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and he hopes the two will continue to "grow together."
"For me, [No.] 4 [Deshaun Watson] is a special player, and I would love to continue to grow with him," Cooks said of Watson, per ESPN. "But as far as a team thinking they could trade me for draft capital, I would caution them to think twice, because quite frankly, I'm not going to accept any more trades.
And so, for me, if you want me off your team, you've just got to let me walk and choose my destination. "For me, I've got a newborn son at home and he's looking for someone to set an example. So I think it's, for me, starting to stand firm when it comes to my career.
But when it comes to playing here and playing with Deshaun, I would love to continue that growth. But that's out of my hands. Those are decisions that I don't make. I hope that the team sees the growth that we've been having and continues to show that commitment and growth over the years."
Cooks happy where he is now
The Texans have had a rough season as they stand at 4-11. The Texans, who entered this season with playoff aspirations, have lost their last four games and they won't be playing in the postseason.
"I feel great about playing in this offense," Cooks said. "I think there's so much more room to keep continuing to grow together. Not just me, but just all of us as a whole. You think about not having the offseason, not having time to really jell.
We didn't have that opportunity as a team, especially the new guys. And hopefully we get to have that opportunity, and I think there's so much room to grow, in a great way." It remains to be seen if Cooks will be on the Texans' roster next season.