The New England Patriots are moving on from wide receiver Brandin Cooks after just one season. Acquired last season, Cooks is once again being traded. This time he will become a member of the revamped Los Angeles Rams. The news of the trade was broken by NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
WR Brandin Cooks
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2018
The Rams likely see Seattle’s window has closed in the NFC West, and they have gone all in this offseason to build up an already strong team to compete for a Super Bowl. The Patriots are the beneficiaries as they will receive the 23rd overall pick in the upcoming draft in this deal. New England will also send a 4th round pick to LA and receive a 6th round selection in return.
Last season, Cooks played in all 16 regular season games for the Patriots. He had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 3 playoff games, Cooks had 10 receptions for 155 yards.
New England will still have plenty of wide receivers to begin the year, even though slot man Danny Amendola has also moved on. They will have Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Cody Hollister, Riley McCarron, Malcolm Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Matthew Slater in camp as wideouts. Of course, Patterson and Slater are viewed truly as special teamers.
Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell seem like locks to make the team, and the Patriots likely believe in Mitchell’s ability as a deep threat if they are so willing to move on from Cooks. The Patriots will also still feature Tom Brady’s favorite target in 2018, tight end Rob Gronkowski. New England may also look to add a player in the draft or as an undrafted free agent this spring.
The Patriots now have two 1st Round picks (23 and 31) and two 2nd Round picks (43 and 63). They are in prime position to move up even further in the first round if they please, or they can haul in four tremendous players early in the draft. New England also has picks 95, 210, and 219.