Texans restructure contract of WR Brandin Cooks

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New general manager Nick Caserio is finding ways to create salary cap space and gather at least one resource to help the Houston Texans recover from their 4-12 finish in 2020.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Texans have restructured the contract of receiver Brandin Cooks, creating $6.53 million in salary cap space for the Texans, who entered the 2021 offseason over the salary cap.

For the Texans, it means they are starting to create salary cap room to possibly make a move in free agency. Of course, given what led to the 4-12 record that cost coach and general manager Bill O’Brien his job, the Texans have a bevy of areas to fill on the roster, and it would take a monumental amount of salary cap space to sign the necessary number of free agents to fix the problem.

Cooks led the Texans with 81 catches for 1,150 yards. His six receiving touchdowns were second only to Will Fuller’s eight.