Per Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have agreed to ship off wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in exchange for the overall #23 pick, as well as a sixth-round pick.
After spending one season in New England, Cooks accumulated for 1,082 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, which is the lowest amount since his rookie campaign. The Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, as their current off-season is going less than perfect.
The franchise has already lost Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Danny Amendola, but have virtually no one to show for their losses. At one point in time, it was rumored that New England was willing to deal away tight end Rob Gronkowski in order to receive draft capital. With this move up in the draft, expect for the New England Patriots to address one of their many major needs. The franchise now holds pick #23, #31, #43, and #63 in the early stages of the draft.
As for the Rams, according to sources, Brandin Cooks is a player that head coach Sean McVay has been high on for a long period of time. In fact, back when Cooks was in New Orleans, there were talks about a trade to potentially send the wide receiver to Los Angeles.
Heading into the 2018 season, Cooks will be under contract with the Rams under a $8.459 million deal. It is believed that the Los Angeles Rams will no longer pursue New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
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