The Rams just added a legit deep threat to an already potent offense.
From Rams Wire
The Los Angeles Rams have been heavily linked to Odell Beckham Jr. in the past week or so, but those rumors should quiet down a bit. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams have struck a deal to acquire wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the New England Patriots for first- and sixth-round picks. All of the selections being swapped are in this month’s draft.
The New Orleans Saints dealt Cooks to the Patriots last offseason for a first-round pick, so this deal comes as a surprise.
Last season, Cooks had 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He’ll join Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the Rams’ top receivers, effectively replacing Sammy Watkins.
The Rams are hoping this trade ends up differently than their deal for Sammy Watkins did as the star receiver signed a three-year, $48 million contract with the Chiefs after just one season. Cooks would likely fetch that sort of contract in free agency next year, but it sounds like Los Angeles is getting a head start.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Rams have already shown interest in signing him to a long-term extension.
Cooks will make $8.5 million in 2018 on the fifth-year option, which isn’t a huge price to pay for a potential No. 1 receiver. It’s his contract situation beyond next season that’s the issue.