This NFL offseason has seen huge increase in trades with having a total of 8 last season, jumping to 23 this offseason. Well make that 24, the LA Rams were able to pull off yet another surprising trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots.
The Patriots traded Cooks and 2018 4th round pick to the Rams for the 23th overall pick and a 2018 6th round pick. The Patriots added another first round pick, making that 4 picks in the first two rounds.
Cooks did have a productive season for New England, while being the number option for the Patriots. He hauled in 65 catches ran for 1,082 receiving yards followed by 7 touchdowns. Cooks is now on his third team in the past four years in the NFL. It is evident that the Patriots were not seeing eye to eye with Cooks on a future contract extension, which led to him be dealt to the Rams. Cooks was set to earn 8.4 million dollars with the Patriots before they traded him. The Rams have been “open” to resigning Cooks to a long term deal, which makes sense for this trade.Embed from Getty Images
New England now have many new avenues they can now explore with the two first round picks. Many have recently speculated the Patriots will be players to move up into the early part of the NFL Draft, however that is not in New England’s DNA.
Despite losing wide receiver Sammy Watkins to free agency, Cooks has the talent and speed to fill the void. The Oregon State product adds an electric factor to already solid offense, giving Rams quarterback Jared Goff, a true number one target for the Rams. Pairing him with fellow wide receiver Robert Woods and Connor Kupp will finally be the upgrade the Rams offense needs.
This trade ultimately benefits both teams in the long run. The Patriots make a classic Patriots move by trading a player no matter the value, for a better future for the team. New England will have the chance to build a young core around their star quarterback Tom Brady, possibly even targeting a quarterback with one of the second round picks.
The Rams add an new explosive target and a 4th round pick, while only giving up the 23th pick and a 6th round pick. The LA Rams are obviously in win-now mode with the recent moves they have been making, signing defensive tackle Ndamukah Suh along with cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. The Rams have one thing on their mind, which is competing for the Super Bowl, which is now a very real possibility.
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