The busy offseason for the Los Angeles Rams continues. They are trading their 2018 first-round pick and sixth-round pick to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round pick.
Breaking Down the Trade
Cooks becomes the deep the Rams were seeking after losing Sammy Watkins to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. In 2017, Cooks would rank seventh in yards per catch (16.6). He would also have 65 catches, 1,082 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
Firstly, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams and the Patriots were discussing a potential Cooks trade for over a month. This would be before the Rams would gauge interest in New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Cooks would go to the Patriots from the New Orleans Saints for the Patriots first and third-round picks last season.
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.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2018
Secondly, Cooks is an offense that ranked first in scoring (29.9 points per game) and 10th in passing offense (239 yards per game) in 2017.
He is set to make $8.5 million in 2018 as he is in the last year of his rookie deal. It will be up to the Rams to come to an agreement with Cooks to sign a long-term deal for their new No. one receiver.
His deep-threat ability may help keep the extra defender out of the box and create more running room for 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, Todd Gurley.
The Rams have already added former defensive All-Pros this season. They include Marcus Peters (trade with Kansas City), Aqib Talib (trade with Denver) and Ndamukong Suh (signed).
Finally, adding Cooks almost guarantees the Rams are going into 2018 with a ‘Super Bowl or bust’ mentality.