Trade Alert: Rams acquire WR Brandin Cooks from the Patriots

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If anyone thought the Rams were done adding star players, think again.

It might not be Odell Beckham Jr, but Les Snead pulled the trigger on another high profile trade on Tuesday, sending a first and sixth round pick to the Patriots to acquire WR Brandin Cooks. 

LA also got the Patriots' 2018 fourth round pick as part of the deal, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

After losing Sammy Watkins in free agency, it became apparent that Snead wasn't intent with drafting a young receiver. The Rams emerged as the primary potential trade partner with the Giants for OBJ, but their asking price was likely too high. 

Cooks' acquisition should hardly be viewed as the Rams settling though. The 24-year-old is an explosive deep threat in his own right and will add another dynamic dimension to an already versatile offense in LA. 

Playing alongside established receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, and talented young tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in the passing game, Cooks should get open plenty and will rarely see double coverage. Add Todd Gurley into that mix, and Jared Goff might just have the best set of skill position players in football to work with. 

Rather bizarrely for such a talented player, he's now on his third team in as many seasons, after joining the Pats from New Orleans in 2017. New England also gave up a first round pick to secure his services back then, and he certainly delivered in his debut season as a key part of Josh McDaniels' offense. 

Cooks hauled in 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season and was sorely missed in the second half of the Super Bowl after being knocked out of the game with a suspected concussion. 

Sean McVay's offense put up an NFL-leading 29.9 points per game in 2017, and whilst Cooks will certainly improve their receiving corps, the deal looks even better from a Patriots' standpoint. 

Firstly, they got more in return for Cooks than they did for Jimmy Garoppolo. Secondly, Bill Belichick now owns two first and two second picks in 2018 with which to either load up on young talent, or potentially use as collateral to pull off a blockbuster deal for a bonafide star. 

The Giants reportedly want two first's for Beckham, and Belichick is not afraid to take chances on players of that nature so seeing Brady feeding touchdowns to the All Pro wideout isn't inconceivable come next season. 

That's scary for the rest of the league. 

Another possibility is to trade both their one's (23 & 31) to go up and get one of the top young signal callers in this years draft. That may be less likely though, given the tensions that arose in the organisation whilst Garoppolo was lingering in the background as the heir to the Brady throne. 

Cooks is set to make $8.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his rookie deal, and the Rams will need to pay up to retain his services next season. However, for a team clearly in win-now mode, the obvious cap issues that await them in 2019 will be left as exactly that; issues for 2019. 

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