Monday was a busy day for wide receivers across the National Football League.
In terms of what’s most important, Amari Cooper is staying with the Dallas Cowboys. Huzzah!
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Vikings agreed to send Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills (new Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones will have fun covering him!). That was only the second big receiver trade though as the Houston Texans dealt DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals (yes, really).
Randall Cobb is heading to the Houston Texans on a three-year deal
As the Texans began life in a Hopkins-less world they obviously realized that they needed wide receiver help. Unfortunately, they didn’t have to look far.
While the Cowboys were able to retain Amari Cooper, they were not able to keep Randall Cobb. Mike McCarthy’s former player won’t be staying with him in his second home as he is headed to the Houston Texans on a three-year, $27M deal.
The #Texans have agreed to terms with WR @rcobb18 on a 3-year $27M deal with $18.75 guaranteed #Texans @nflnetwork— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 17, 2020
It’s unfortunate to see the Cowboys lose Cobb as he developed into a great slot option for them last season during their first year without Cole Beasley. Such is free agency though, you can’t keep them all.
Mike McCarthy was likely interested in bringing Cobb back to the Cowboys, he mentioned as much in a previous interview, but that price was probably much too rich for the Cowboys. In the Cowboys scheme, Cobb would certainly be the third option behind Cooper and Michael Gallup. Paying someone that amount of money for multiple years in that role would have been overkill.
Honestly this could end up as a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys as it could force them to finally devote a draft pick to a slot receiver (Ryan Switzer would be neat right about now). All the best to Randall Cobb, he did well during his one season in Dallas.