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Brandin Cooks Trade Sparked By Meeting At Coaching Clinic

Brandin Cooks Trade Sparked By Meeting At Coaching Clinic

The Rams acquired Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick and a sixth-round pick, according to multiple reports.

Cooks wound up spending just one season in New England, which acquired him from the Saints previous year for a first-round pick, 32nd overall, and a third-rounder, with the Patriots also getting a fourth-rounder. The only safe prediction here is that Belichick won't stand pat, as he has plenty of assets to move up and down the draft board. Cooks is ultimately an upgrade on Watkins.

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. The beneficiaries of Cooks will be the Los Angeles Rams, a team that continues to be quite active this offseason.

With Jimmy Garoppolo off to San Francisco, Cooks to Los Angeles, and a lot of questions surrounding the future of the team, this draft is going to be critical for the Patriots.

New England may be targeting Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield if it's able to move up in Round 1 by packaging a couple of picks, per La Canfora.

For their speed receiver, Snead and McVay will turn to another class of 2014 wideout in Cooks, a former Stockton prep standout who ran 4.33 coming out of Oregon State.

Of course, the trade begs the questions: Who will be quarterback Tom Brady's No. 1 receiver without Cooks and the recently departed Danny Amendola?

In his first and only season with New England, Cooks totaled 65 receptions, 1,082 receiving yards, and seven receiving touchdowns. The Patriots would have been happy to have him back in 2018, but this deal was obviously sparked, in part, by assessing the chances to retain him after his contract expired following this season. He's unlikely to move. It would appear that last year's fourth-round pick, WR Josh Reynolds, is the odd man out. Brady likely is counting on getting more help in the upcoming draft, where New England now owns four of the first 63 selections. I'd be shocked if the Patriots go in that direction, or if that was even a consideration when they traded Cooks. Losing him in Super Bowl LII clearly didn't hurt.

The failed contract talks coincided with discussions of a trade with the Rams during the offseason. The Patriots still have Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell as their top three receivers, with Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett providing depth.


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