Breaking down the Texans WR Brandin Cooks extension

The Houston Texans disappointed the rumor mill by signing receiver Brandin Cooks to a two-year extension on Thursday.

The Texans have their most productive skill position player under contract through the 2024 season. Second-year quarterback Davis Mills also has a proven veteran to further his chemistry with as the Texans seek to return to competitive balance in 2022.

According to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network, the Texans gave Cooks a $39.6 million extension with $36 million of that money guaranteed.

Through 31 career games with the Texans, Cooks has caught 171 passes for 2,187 yards and 12 touchdowns with two consecutive seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more.


Center Justin Britt told reporters on Jan. 6 that Cooks was, “one of the most consistent, professional people I’ve ever met.”

“The way he comes in the building, how he goes about it has not changed week in and week out,” said Britt. “He’s been a steady presence for us. To get 1,000 yards is a huge accomplishment every year. It just shows his hard work, his dedication, who he is, his trust, within himself, within the system, the quarterback. He’s just as good of a pro as I’ve seen.”

The fact that Cooks has been as consistent as he has been amid all of the upheaval surrounding the Texans since 2020 has been especially remarkable.

Cooks said on Jan. 6 that the 2021 campaign, in which the Texans finished 4-13, their second straight year of tallying just four wins, taught him how to fight through adversity.

Said Cooks: “For me personally, I learned just to continue to fight through adversity regardless of what the circumstances are and try to lead the best way that I can. I’m thankful and happy about that. Blessed to be able to accomplish that goal but would love to be playing in that post season. I think that’s a lot more important so just got to get back to work when it is time.”

The Texans offseason workouts commence April 11.