Rams pull off shocker by acquiring Brandin Cooks from Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Brandin Cooks
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Brandin Cooks /

In an unexpected move, the Los Angeles Rams continued to remain busy by acquiring Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Los Angeles Rams have been keeping themselves busy by pulling off numerous trades and signings to give them a much better chance at making a Super Bowl run next season. In fact, there have been numerous rumors swirling over the last couple of weeks over the possibility of acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, but it looks like they’re taking a different approach with Brandin Cooks instead.

After all of the talk surrounding whether it would be worth giving up the No. 23 pick for Beckham, it looks like Los Angeles will be sending that selection to New England as part of the deal for Cooks now along with a sixth-round pick. With Sammy Watkins leaving for the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, many wondered if the Rams would turn to the draft for a receiver, but thanks to the deal involving Cooks, that will no longer be the case.

Around this time last year, there was excitement in New England after acquiring Cooks from the New Orleans Saints to provide Tom Brady with another dangerous deep threat to work with, but Bill Belichick once again proved that nobody is safe on this roster. For the most part, the 65 catches for 1,082 yards to go along with seven touchdowns were pretty decent for a wideout like Cooks, but it looks like that extra first-round pick was too good for the Patriots to turn down.

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Going without a first-round pick for a second year in a row may seem frustrating at first for a team like the Rams, but when looking at the impact he should be able to make to the passing game, this should be well worth it. The thought alone of Cooks having a quarterback like Jared Goff to work with on top of Sean McVay having the opportunity to design plays for the speedy wideout only makes the offense of Los Angeles that much more dangerous. For a team that was already in win-now mode, the Rams continue to win the offseason after this recent trade to land Cooks.