WR Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans
Of the potentially available wide receivers in the trade market, Brandin Cooks could make the most sense for the Packers.
According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2, multiple teams, including the Packers, have shown interest in a potential trade for Cooks.
Making it work financially would be a challenge for any team trading for Cooks, as he signed a new contract earlier this year, but based on talent alone, Cooks is the real deal.
Cooks has played for four different teams in the NFL but has been productive everywhere. He is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the league.
The former first-round pick has put up over 1,000 yards receiving in six of his eight seasons in the NFL prior to 2022. He averages 989.6 yards and 5.8 touchdowns per season.
Cooks is not only a productive wide receiver, but he is experienced. The Packers’ young receivers have made a number of mental errors this season. Cooks could be trusted to be in the right place at the right time.
With Cooks’ speed, he has been a highly productive deep threat throughout his career and averages 13.6 yards per reception.
He could come to Green Bay and quickly become the WR1.
The issue? Firstly, what will it take to agree a deal with the Houston Texans? The other is Cooks’ contract. According to Spotrac, Cooks has a cap hit of $26.61 million in 2023, so a potential restructure could be required.
But if the Packers are all-in and want to add a difference-maker at wide receiver, Cooks would be the best choice.