Packers Must Trade for Brandin Cooks to Truly Boost Super Bowl Hopes

Houston Texans receiver Brandin Cooks is reportedly available as an offseason trade candidate. Should Aaron Rodgers and the Packers be interested?
Houston Texans receiver Brandin Cooks is reportedly available as an offseason trade candidate. Should Aaron Rodgers and the Packers be interested? / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers are somehow tied for the fifth-shortest odds to the win the Super Bowl at +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200) at WynnBET, but is Aaron Rodgers going to catch passes as well?

The two-time MVP has seen his wide receivers room get gutted this offseason. His favorite target, Davante Adams, is now a Las Vegas Raider. Marquez Valdez-Scantling signed a deal in Kansas City, Equanimeous St. Brown is staying in the division with a new deal with the Bears in Chicago. Between those three alone, that's 41.2% of the team's total receptions gone without as much as a replacement.

BetSided's Brian Guiffra even went as far to say that after a whole offseason of drama in Green Bay, the front office is basically attempting to screw over the two-time reigning MVP once again.

There is, however, a potential solution waiting in the wings.

Mike Fisher of Texans' Daily reports that receiver Brandin Cooks could be had for the right price. The Houston Texans are looking to acquire a second round pick for the eight-year veteran who's approaching his age-29 season.

Is Brandin Cooks worth the hefty price tag for the Packers in a trade?

Cooks played in 16 games for the first time since his 2018 season in Los Angeles, catching a career-high 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns. He also saw 134 targets, the most of his career.

While putting up gaudy numbers in an offense led by Davis Mills and a coaching staff in transition, I actually believe Cooks could be worth it for a team like Green Bay that's in win-now mode.

While he's always been known as a burner for much of his career, Cooks' transition into more of a possession-type receiver could actually be even more beneficial for a quarterback as accurate as Rodgers.

He's also not slowing down. Cooks over the past three seasons ranks among the top 10 receivers in both reception yards as well as yards-per-catch.

Cooks also becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2022 season, giving Rodgers and the Packers the first opportunity to re-sign him if the deal works out, as well as the chance to break free if it doesn't.

Green Bay can still build for the future with a wide receiver or two in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. The position is as deep as ever and the Packers have 11 picks available this April; including two in the first and second rounds. If the Texans are willing to move Cooks for a second round pick, Green Bay can ship out pick No. 59 overall and both teams are better off for it.

With the Packers and Rodgers in search of his second Super Bowl together, a move to acquire a game changing wide receiver is not just a luxury, it's a necessity.

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