Rams acquire Brandin Cooks, continue to win offseason

Rams acquire Brandin Cooks, continue to win offseason

Rams acquire Brandin Cooks, continue to win offseason

As for Belichick dealing picks for Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. - don't count on it. Belichick has imported several high-maintenance personalities, but nearly always at a bargain rate. The 34th overall selection came in the trade in which quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sent to the San Francisco 49ers a year ago. With another first-round pick in their arsenal, the Patriots will certainly be a team to watch leading up to the draft, as they could go in multiple directions.

Cooks will fit perfectly into Sean McVay's offense as a vertical threat.

In his one season in New England, Cooks had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons with 20 touchdowns over that span. They'd be in the same situation if they dealt for Odell Beckham Jr., who is going to get even more money than Cooks on the open market - not to mention they'd have to pay a lofty price just to acquire the receiver.

With Cooks gone, the Patriots have a hole at receiver. Cooks and Goff are represented by the same agent, and Cooks is a Stockton, California, native whose family will be able to see him play regularly. All Cooks has to do is point to Sammy Watkins' contract and then point to Watkins' production compared to Cooks' over their respective careers. Cooks wanted to remain with the Patriots. The Patriots are always looking toward the future and the trading of Cooks in the final year of his contract reflects that. They had been throwing together this offseason, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Did the Rams get this one right?

He reportedly made the decision to return for another year back in February. It would be very much on brand for Belichick to use his surplus of picks to move down in the draft and accumulate additional selections to try to re-stock a roster that could use more core young talent to build around. LA also gets a fourth rounder (#136) while the Pats get a sixth-round pick.

In an offseason where the Patriots lost some key cogs to free agency, Bill Belichick and company have quietly set themselves up to make big moves to re-tool.

The Rams have created a star-studded team, with only one weakness on the team, at linebacker.

The Rams are a contending team getting great value at the most important position, which frees up their ability to be so aggressive elsewhere.

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