Cooks expected to be moved before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, but the Texans' lack of flexibility on trade demands, and the fact that Cooks' $18M salary is fully guaranteed next season, made it impossible to close a deal, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.
Cooks, who missed practice on Tuesday and Wednesday due to personal reasons, took to Twitter shortly after the trade deadline had passed, posting a cryptic tweet seemingly voicing his displeasure at not being dealt.
Cooks leads the Texans in yards (354), receptions (32) and targets (53) this season. He has produced six 1,000-yard receiving seasons but is in the midst of an underachieving season averaging 50.6 yards per game, his second-lowest per game average of his career.
The Texans second-leading receiver in yards in Nico Collins (446) was also ruled out for the Thursday night matchup due to a groin injury.