Pats deal WR Cooks to Rams

Posted April 05, 2018

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Rams coveted Cooks while the Patriots didn't quite see his value that way. 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.

Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season in his lone campaign with the Patriots. Schefter also says this ends the chances of the Patriots trading Rob Gronkowski. New England is giving a fourth-round choice to the Rams.

Watkins was in the same contractual situation when the Rams acquired him from Buffalo during training camp past year, and he parlayed a solid season in Los Angeles into an enormous contract elsewhere.

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The Patriots could dangle a package of draft picks in hopes of landing the New York Giants' second pick, the Cleveland Browns' fourth pick, or the Denver Broncos' fifth pick.

If Cooks plays the same way he has in New Orleans and New England, he'll be an upgrade for an offense that was already No. 1 in the National Football League in points scored. In exchange, New England receives a first-round pick from the Rams, as well as a sixth-round draft pick. The Giants have reportedly made it known that Odell Beckham available for the price of two first-round picks. However, Schefter added that he will not be moved now, and the Pats could use one of their two first or seconds to trade up and land a quarterback. When Belichick and Rams coach Sean McVay attend the same coaching clinic in Georgia on Monday, the two teams were able to advance the discussion surrounding Cooks before ultimately coming to an agreement on Tuesday night.

The Bills still have a stronger collection of draft picks to work with, but the Patriots aren't far behind. However, his year ended on a low note went he was knocked out of Super Bowl LII with a concussion in the first half. Belichick also holds three of the first 43 selections and four of the first 63 picks.

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Watkins also indirectly factors into the Cooks trade in another way. The connection gives the Rams confidence that they can sign Cooks long term, but it's Goff's timeline that even makes this possible.

The Rams remain insanely aggressive this offseason, as they continue to pursue their version of what's better than 11-5.

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