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Should the Eagles trade for Brandin Cooks?

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The former first-round draft pick might be available.

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It’s no secret the Eagles need some help and depth at the wide receiver position, and it looks like Brandin Cooks might be an option. And an affordable one, at that.

The former first-round draft pick spent the first three years of his NFL career with the Saints, before spending one year with the Patriots, and the past two season with the Rams. He didn’t miss a game from 2015-2018, and missed just two in 2019 with a concussion. And while that doesn’t seem all that concerning, it is when it was his fifth (known) concussion in his six-year career, and the second within a 25 day span last year.

As Robinson noted, the head injuries could soften his market value. The Eagles really need to be adding players that aren’t at risk to spend time on IR — especially given the past few seasons and the long list of players they ended up losing.

BUT, Cooks would be hard to ignore with his very appealing production. The wideout had 4 1,000-plus yard seasons in a row from 2015-2018, and has amassed 5,730 yards on 402 receptions for 34 touchdowns throughout his entire 6-year career. He’s also averaged over 13 yards per catch every season except his rookie year (but still averaged 10.4 yards per reception that first year).

Despite his long list of head injuries, Cooks said last year that they’ve never motivated him to retire, and that it was never something he thought of when he missed two games last season.

“Absolutely not,” Cooks said, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “When it happened, that never went through my mind. Even now, it’s not going through my mind.”

Cooks most recently signed a 5-year, $81 million deal with the Rams in 2018. And while his previous two trades included a first-round draft pick, that probably wouldn’t be a requirement this go-around.

The Eagles originally had interest in selecting Cooks in the 2014 NFL Draft before then showing interest in trading for him back in 2017. Maybe they’ll land him this time?


Should the Eagles trade for Brandin Cooks?

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