"It doesn't seem like the Patriots' way to accumulate all this draft capital and turn around and give it up for a wide receiver who is going to command $18-20 million [next season]". Cooks also posted 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly isn't broken up over the Pats' decision to trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams. It had been assumed that they would draft a player, such as Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, with their first pick.
When news broke of the New England Patriots dealing Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, the entire National Football League began to wonder what's next for Bill Belichick and a team coming off a Super Bowl loss.
The reality is probably a lot more boring: The Patriots likely didn't want to pay Cooks. First it was Sammy Watkins, now it's Brandin Cooks.
In addition to trading their picks for better positioning in the draft, the Patriots could also leverage their two first-rounders in a trade for a player.
Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season in his lone campaign with the Patriots.
Ravens sign QB Robert Griffin III to 1-year deal
Griffin campaigned through much of last season for a job, updating his social accounts frequently with footage of his working out. He spent three more seasons with the Redskins as the team slowly integrated Kirk Cousins into the starting role.
Cooks is in the last year of his rookie contract, as the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option in April of last year.
The uncertainty surrounding Rob Gronkowski's future has dominated the offseason thus far, but in moving Cooks, a Gronkowski trade becomes even more unlikely for the Patriots.
Cooks' clear chemistry with Brady makes the trade fairly surprising for New England, particularly after the recent departure of another favorite Brady target, Danny Amendola, who signed with the Dolphins. Now as Cooks leaves New England, it doesn't make sense to move Gronk too. In the majority of Belichick and Brady's eight Super Bowl appearances, they competed with a wideout group similar, or inferior, to this one, so wide receiver doesn't exactly feel like a screaming need.
Cooks will fit perfectly into Sean McVay's offense as a vertical threat.
Tuesday's trade by the Los Angeles Rams has been yet another move made by the NFC team during their busy offseason.
NY has reportedly asked for multiple first-round picks for Beckham, something New England now possesses.