3 Reasons Cleveland Browns need to trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks

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Dec 8, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) during the start of pregame warmups before playing the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

Reason No. 1 Cleveland Browns need to trade for Brandin Cooks: A skilled veteran

Brandin Cooks has been in the NFL for eight seasons. He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State by the New Orleans Saints. He’s crossed the 1,000-yard mark in six of his eight seasons.

He’s a pass-catching machine, gathering in 90 receptions a year ago in Houston. He’s scored 46 touchdowns in his career. He also has a nice 13.8 yards per catch career average.

Back in 2020, when he teamed up with Deshaun Watson, he went for 20 catches over 20 yards which was tied for third that season. He also caught 52 passes for first downs thrown from Watson.

When he started in New Orleans with the Saints, he really started off hot. In 2015, he pulled in 84 receptions for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns. The following season in 2016 he went for 1,173 yards on 78 catches and eight more touchdowns.

He was traded to the New England Patriots in 2017 and continued his consistency, by going for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns and a very healthy 16.6 yards after the catch average. He was traded again the next season to the Los Angeles Rams and had the most yards gained in his career with 1,204 by catching 80 passes.

He’s been traded a few times but has still maintained his excellent efforts every season. That will likely continue with whoever picks him up next season when he becomes a free agent.