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Nov 25, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) jogs down the field during pregame warmups before the Rams game against the Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is on the move for the third time in just over three years, as the Los Angeles Rams have traded Cooks (along with a fourth-round pick) to the Houston Texans in exchange for a second-round draft pick.

The 26-year-old’s departure from Los Angeles comes after an injury-plagued season that featured a career-low 42 catches and two touchdowns in 14 contests. It also ends the 5-foot-10 wideout’s LA run after just two seasons following his trade from New England, and with 122 catches for a total of 1,787 yards and seven scores in 30 games for Sean McVay’s offense.

It certainly wasn’t how the Rams envisioned things going for Cooks, who is entering second year of a five-year, $81 million contract signed shortly after his trade from New England to Los Angeles. Especially when you factor in the price they paid to nab Cooks from the Patriots, trading the No. 23 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to New England for the high-ceiling wideout.

Cooks has been productive when healthy, of course, but the health is the issue, and it’s almost bizarre that the 2014 first-round pick is now moving on to his fourth team in his just seven NFL seasons.

Sep 10, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien speaks to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

For the Texans, the addition of Cooks comes across as an obvious attempt to appease what could be a frustrated Deshaun Watson and make up for the disastrous DeAndre Hopkins trade, which left Houston down a Top-5 NFL wideout for an injury-prone running back and a second-round pick. (A second-round pick they’ve since flipped for an injury-prone wideout.) It’s also worth mentioning that Cooks will cost the Texans just as much as Hopkins would have. Bill O’Brien Football, baby.

With Cooks in the fold, Houston boasts a receiving group that, while promising, is insanely fragile between Will Fuller (20 games missed over the last three years), Kenny Stills, Cooks, and Randall Cobb. Again, Bill O’Brien Football, baby.

And with a potential Watson Watch on the horizon, O’Brien is the gift that has the potential to keep on giving.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.