Seahawks, NFC West on losing end of Brandin Cooks trade to Rams

Brandin Cooks

Cooks is the fourth former first-round pick the Rams have added to their roster this offseason, but only the first on the offensive side. Of course, New England would have a lot of work to do if it wanted to move into position to draft Rosen.

In addition to trading their picks for better positioning in the draft, the Patriots could also leverage their two first-rounders in a trade for a player.

With that said, Bill Belichick has consistently praised Cooks during his tenure in New England, particularly with his consistent effort in practice. With the wideout having left the Rams for the Kansas City Chiefs, it created a vacancy for Los Angeles to fill with another deep threat capable of stretching the field. The juiciest - but most unlikely - is the Patriots trading those two first-rounders for Odell Beckham Jr., meeting the ransom the Giants reportedly want for the mercurial receiver. Los Angeles sent a second-round pick a year ago to the Bills for Watkins, who was a season away from free agency, then watched him sign a large contract last month with the Chiefs.

Economics: It was hard to find someone in the Patriots' organization over the past year who didn't appreciate all that the 24-year-old Cooks brought to the team. This makes it more likely that one of those picks in the first three rounds will see a receiver heading to New England.

In his lone season as a Patriot, the 5-foot-10, 189-pound receiver caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards with seven touchdowns.

Cooks is scheduled to earn about $8.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.




Given that they also have to pay the likes of Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, and others in the coming years, acquiring Beckham was going to be even more costly.

Gronkowski has yet to confirm his plans to return to New England, after expressing some uncertainty following Super Bowl LII. Cooks is eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.

The New England Patriots have traded WR Brandin Cooks to the LA Rams this afternoon.

With four selections in the top 64 picks of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, the Patriots have vast flexibility in how they would like to address their perceived roster needs.

When I asked a member of the Pats organization in the know if they would be shocked if Belichick moved well into the first half of the first round to land a quarterback, he responded: "Certainly not". Expected bounce-back seasons from receivers Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell, who both missed last season, may be part of Belichick's thinking, too.

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