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Deshaun Watson may not be enough. The Cleveland Browns may also want the star quarterback’s former teammate with the Houston Texans.

That would be none other than wide receiver Brandin Cooks, according to Brad Stainbrook of 247Sports’ Orange And Brown report.

Apparently, the Browns and Texans have held several more rounds of trade talks since the Watson deal, with those talks involving the Browns’ interest in Cooks, according to Stainbrook.

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates a touchdown during the team’s NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 20, 2020 in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Zach Bolinger, File)

One thing we do know is that with Watson taking snaps, many receivers are ready to come to Cleveland. By all accounts, Watson and Cooks got along well with the Texans.

But again, Cooks won’t be the only receiver the Browns will be chasing between now and the start of camp in late July.

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Cooks is a former first-round pick who’s been something of a mate, one of those receivers who’s just good enough to be scheming — but not good enough to keep it if you can find the right trade package.

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) drives past Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) for a touchdown after a 22-yard reception during the first half of an NFL football game , Sunday, December 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida.
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

He spent the first four seasons with the New Orleans Saints after being selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He then spent one season with Tom Brady and the New Orleans Patriots. England, followed by three years with the Los Angeles Chargers, then two with the Texans.

Overall, he has compiled 7,917 career yards and 46 career touchdowns, averaging 13.8 yards per catch.

Brandin Cooks #13 of the Houston Texans catches a pass for a touchdown during the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Brandin Cooks #13 of the Houston Texans catches a pass for a touchdown during the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
(Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Could the Browns use a receiver like this? Yes, they could. They could use another starting caliber receiver, period. Cooks are that kind of guy. And obviously has some familiarity with the new QB.

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