Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade Bradin Cooks?

The NFL The trade deadline has come and gone, and Dallas Cowboys fans watched their team slowly come together Tuesday before the 4 p.m. cutoff. ET.

After losing both Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson last offseason, Dallas has yet to find plenty of replacements for the lost production.

There was a belief among fans that the Cowboys could replace that production by making a move for Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who has recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons. The Cowboys front office shared the same thought process, according to multiple sources, as the Dallas team reportedly remained in discussions with Houston about a Cooks deal until the final minutes of the deadline. Ultimately the two sides could not reach an agreement.

Because of that, “Undisputed” co-host Shannon Sharpe thinks the Cowboys missed out on a home run acquisition.

“I thought Jerry should have closed the deal, but I knew he wouldn’t,” Sharpe said Wednesday on the show. “You knew in free agency that the trade deadline was going to be November 1st at 4 p.m.… Why did you wait the umpteenth hour to [say] “What is the compensation plan?”

“Kathiki [could’ve] I just picked up the phone, talked to the general manager and said “Hey, how can we get this deal done?” [People are saying] “Well, James Washington can come back.” James Washington has 11 TDs in 60 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is averaging 27 yards per game. Michael Gallup is coming off a serious knee injury, has 135 yards with a TD. Dalton Schultz has 203 yards, no TDs. Noah Brown – your second leading receiver – has 339 yards, one TD. The Cowboys are averaging 191 yards passing per game. Brandin Cooks, since entering the league in 2014, has six 1,000-yard receiving seasons. I do not understand it. It’s a bona fide deep threat.”

Sharpe also argued that the Cooks’ presence would give CeeDee Lamb more room to roam.

“So now, CeeDee can really work the in-between, because she doesn’t go deep,” he said. “Unless he goes in the water, that’s the only time he goes deep. How many times have you seen him run a route that’s not on ‘Hard Knocks?'” For teams that were contenders … this was the most active trade deadline I think they should have made a deal.”

Sharpe’s co-host Skip Bayless was unfazed by the losing trade.

“I didn’t lose a second of sleep last night … because I’m not going to miss Brandin Cooks and I’m not going to let anyone I know in Cowboy Nation conclude that our season was lost at the trade deadline.” Bayless said. “If you add someone at the trade deadline — anyone with impact and value — it sends a strong message to the locker room, ‘we’re here to make it.’ No message was sent.

“The Cowboys’ trade for Jonathan Hankins was just what the doctor ordered at the time. … Brandin Cooks will be 30 years old. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the 61st best receiver in pro football. 61st? Well, CeeDee is all the way to the 14th, and that’s where he belongs. And by the way, on Sunday, I saw a reconnection and rebirth of Dak at CeeDee. … Dak started throwing it at 88 like you had to go ahead and force him balls. like the look of Dak that he says “you know what? I’m going to throw it to this guy, because this guy is really good”. … All of a sudden, it looked like a top-five connection … Noah Brown is ranked the 45th best receiver. I’m good with Noah Brown, and by the way, Michael Gallup rose to 66th. Cooks is 61st.”

Lamb currently has 42 receptions for 556 yards (13.2 yards per reception) and three TDs. Cooks, meanwhile, has hauled in 32 catches for Houston, totaling 354 yards (11.1 YPR) and a lone TD.


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