Why Did the Patriots Trade Brandin Cooks?

05 April, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Brandin Cooks is headed from New England to Los Angeles

The last time the team had two first-round picks, Belichick coupled each with a later round pick in two separate deals so that he could trade up and draft Chandler Jones at 21st overall and Dont'a Hightower at 25th overall.

Playing alongside established receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, and talented young tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in the passing game, Cooks should get open plenty and will rarely see double coverage.

The New England Patriots have done a lot more trading down in the NFL Draft than trading up during the Bill Belichick era, but they could make an exception this year as they search for the heir apparent to their 40-year-old quarterback. So the Rams will have to decide how to handle both Cooks and Suh becoming free agents next year, while likely wanting to negotiate an extension with Aaron Donald.

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.

This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Cooks had 1,000 yards in his only season with the Patriots after he was acquired in a trade with the Saints. "Rams like this situation better", wrote Schefter on Twitter. New Orleans drafted him in the first round, New England traded a first round pick for him a year ago, and now the Rams have traded a first-round pick.

At first, we didn't know if he would come back to football.

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The market for wide receivers has skyrocketed this offseason. He could command around $14 million per year or more, which a figure the Patriots likely wouldn't feel comfortable paying.

With the draft picks New England picked up in Tuesday's deal, it now holds four picks in the first two rounds later this month and four more picks in Rounds 3-7.

It's impossible to escape the speculation that the Cooks trade is potentially a precursor to a trade for Beckham. In exchange, New England receives a first-round pick from the Rams, as well as a sixth-round draft pick.

- They don't have as much insurance at wide receiver - yet. Cooks wanted to remain with the Patriots. For now, they don't have that insurance heading into the 2018 season. The team still has a downfield threat in Chris Hogan, while Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are on track to return from knee injuries after missing all of 2017.

There's a chance they could add another veteran to take Cooks' spot on the roster (Jordan Matthews was in Foxboro for a visit earlier this week), but they could just as easily add that body via the draft.

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