3 players on the trade block Cleveland Browns should be interested in

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) runs with the ball during the second quarter as Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) defends at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) runs with the ball during the second quarter as Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) defends at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns trade target No. 1: Brandin Cooks, WR

Allen Robinson could certainly be a longer-term solution at wide receiver, but the Houston Texans standout, Brandin Cooks, could be a short-term solution for the Cleveland Browns at wide receiver. After getting off to a hot start this year, he has cooled off, so the Texans may be interested in moving on and collecting assets while the value is still there.

The pros of trading for a guy like Cooks? He’s a smaller quick guy that can beat man coverage and get over the top of a defense. Cooks draws a lot of eyes and he can also be a great distraction to get other guys open. Finally, he has been durable only missing three games in the last seven years.

The cons of Cooks you ask? He’s a similar type of receiver as Landry, but far more athletic. Also, he doesn’t have a very friendly contract. Not only does he have a $15 million cap hit in 2022, he carries a $5 million cap in 2023 when his contract becomes void. Any time you see a cap hit for a player in a year they aren’t under contract, instant red flag.

Overall, I don’t worry about the contract as much because Cooks likely will be so happy to be in a winning culture you could likely restructure. If you could get him for a 3-year, $45 million contract with a front-loaded agreement, Cooks could be a huge part of the offense.

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With a contract like that, the Cleveland Browns still could keep OBJ or Landry if they really wanted to. I still see a move like this foreshadowing that both of those guys will not be with the team after 2021.

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