The NY Jets are in the market for a wide receiver this offseason, and while they've targeted big-name players such as Tyreek Hill and Calvin Ridley, perhaps the most realistic target is Houston Texans star Brandin Cooks.
The Jets have found themselves connected to rumors surrounding players like DK Metcalf, A.J. Brown, and even Deebo Samuel. But at the time of writing, none of those players are being made available by their team.
Cooks is someone who is much more likely (although far from guaranteed) to be available on the open market. And teams are seemingly aware of this too.
Jordan Schultz reported on Thursday that the Jets were one of four teams that had called about a potential Cooks trade along with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New Orleans Saints.
Schultz noted that both the Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders had also previously called before adding Allen Robinson and Davante Adams, respectively. Evidently, these trade discussions have been going on for quite some time.
The NY Jets are interested in trading for Brandin Cooks
A first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks has been one of the NFL's most underappreciated wide receivers for quite some time now. In eight NFL seasons, Cooks has finished with 1,000 or more yards in six of them.
Despite playing in Houston Texans purgatory over the last two years, Cooks' production has remained steady with the Oregon State product recording nearly 2,300 yards during that time.
And despite being in the NFL for eight seasons, Cooks is somehow just 28-years-old (he turns 29 in September). He's had some concussion issues, but Cooks has only missed four games over the last seven seasons. He isn't exactly injury-prone.
Cooks is a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver who would do wonders for the Jets' offense, and trading for him wouldn't be nearly as expensive as a move for someone like Metcalf or Brown.
The Jets are understandably interested. Is it just due diligence or is there more to it? Are the Texans even willing to move him? All of those questions remain unanswered.
But what we do know is that the Jets are interested in Brandin Cooks.