Texans' Cooks: Don't want to be part of a rebuild

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Brandin Cooks says he's not going into the offseason thinking "I want to be part of a rebuild," he told reporters on Monday.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks: Don't want to be part of a rebuild play Texans fire Lovie Smith after 1 season (1:18) DJ Bien-Aime reacts to the Texans firing head coach Lovie Smith after the team's final game of the season. (1:18) 3:53 PM ET DJ Bien-AimeESPN HOUSTON -- Houston Texans ' wideout Brandin Cooks was candid about his future with the franchise after the team fired coach Lovie Smith after just one season. "I'm not going into this offseason thinking I want to be a part of a rebuild," Cooks said on Monday. Cooks finished with a team-high 699 yards and three touchdowns in his third season with the club. He signed a two-year extension with Houston before the season. The 29-year-old says he plans to meet with his team to figure out what's the best course for his future. Editor's Picks Texans fire Smith hours after end of first season 3h DJ Bien-Aime 1 Related "I'm not looking at it as far as being a part of a rebuild, however that looks," Cooks said. "That's why I trust my camp and my representation to be able to get a map from here to there and to see what that looks like to be a part of something that has a trusted plan." As the Texans begin their coaching search, it's unclear whether the team is still in the early rebuilding stages or if they project to be on a similar trajectory as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions . The Jaguars had the No. 1 overall pick and the Lions had the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But both teams finished 9-8 during the 2022 season as the Lions almost made the playoffs as a wild card team in the NFC and the Jaguars won the AFC South. Cooks already requested a trade during the 2022 season and expected to be moved at the trade deadline. When he wasn't dealt, he voiced his frustration on Twitter. "Don't take a man's kindness for granted," Cooks tweeted. "Covered for the lies for too long those days are done. Cross the line with my playing career." The biggest hold up that inferred with Cooks being traded was his 2023 contract, which is set to pay him $18 million fully guaranteed. The expectation is the Texans and Cooks will revisit his future in the offseason.