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NFL: Pats trade Brandin Cooks to Rams

The former Oregon State star is headed back to the West Coast!

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Rams and Patriots have agreed to a trade that will send Brandin Cooks back to the West Coast. The trade also features an exchange of highly-valued draft picks.

Schefter goes on to explain the deal saying:

New England is now armed with double 1’s, double 2’s, and in prime position to move up in draft and select a QB if it so chooses... New England trading Brandin Cooks to LA means that the Patriots will not be trading Rob Gronkowski this off-season, as some have speculated. Pats will rely on Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, amongst others... Rams acquiring Brandin Cooks means LA is out on Odell Beckham Jr., and the Giants will need another trade partner to make a deal for the mercurial WR... Patriots and Rams have discussed a potential Brandin Cooks trade for over a month, before Rams and Giants discussed a potential Odell Beckham Jr. trade. Rams liked this situation better...

Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors have been quietly surfacing for weeks now, but it is unlikely that the Giants will part with the extremely talented (albeit unstable) wide receiver. Cooks may not provide the same amount of upside or highlight-worthy plays, but is more consistent and easier to integrate into a locker room.

Both players are eligible for extensions as they are entering the final year of their rookie deals. Cooks is set to make $8.5 million this season and it will be curious to see if the Rams can carve out some space for him as they look to make him apart of their long-term future.

Brandin Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and 7 TDs with the New England Patriots this season (along with 10 more receptions and 155 yards in the playoffs). Cooks was brutally knocked out during the Patriots Super Bowl loss with a concussion though.

Before acquiring Brandin Cooks, Bill Belichick had long been a fan of his work-ethic and humble demeanor. It’s a mild surprise to see the organization move on from him so quickly, but with Cooks being eligible for a hefty contract extension and the Patriots ruthless history of cutting ties early with star players, it’s no shock to see them jump on a nice deal even if it included Cooks.