ESPN The New England Patriots are trading receiver Brandin Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the draft and a sixth-rounder, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The New England Patriots did not take look up move on from wide receiver Brandin Cooks, a year after the Patriots traded their first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to acquire Cooks from the Saints, they shipped Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the 23rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. While Cooks was not always on the same page with Tom Brady, he still had a fantastic year in 2017, as he caught 65 passes for 1082 yards and 7 touchdowns, while providing the Patriots with a much needed deep threat. It seems surprising that the Patriots would move on from Cooks, a weapon who needed to be accounted for on every play and opened up the offense for Tom Brady, but the move will save the Patriots cap space and gives the team an additional first round pick to get younger. As they say in New England “In Belichick We Trust.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angels Rams are clearly going all-in on 2018, it’s Super Bowl or bust. The team has made many high profile acquisitions, and are looking to make a title run, while quarterbacks Jared Goff is still on his affordable rookie deal. The Rams were trying to pry Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants, but the Giants were either unwilling to trade Beckham or the cost became too high, so the Rams instead made a move to acquire Brandin Cooks as Jared Goff’s new deep threat.