Cooks is yet another guy with one year remaining on his rookie contract.
The Patriots lose the receiver who played the most snaps for them in 2017, but in return, they gain a ton of flexibility in the upcoming National Football League draft.
The Rams will be without a first-round pick for the second consecutive year.
Cooks led the Patriots in receiving yards in 2017, finishing with 1,082 yards on 65 catches with seven touchdowns. But the receiver finished the year with just 39 receptions for 593 yards and eight touchdowns. Acquired last season, Cooks is once again being traded.
The Cooks' acquisition is part of an aggressive offseason for the Rams in which they had previously added Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that the Patriots attempted to re-sign Cooks long-term, but likely didn't offer him almost as much as he'd get on the open market. "They got to a certain number and that number wasn't going to get it done".
This offseason, it has been no secret that the Rams were looking to add a wide receiver. Sammy Watkins signed a three-year, $48 million deal with Kansas City and Allen Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chicago Bears. Here are the latest details on the Cooks' trade and what the Patriots are getting in exchange. "When you get these deals, you see the market for top wide receivers". He could command around $14 million per year or more, which a figure the Patriots likely wouldn't feel comfortable paying. Even if he's not a top-10 receiver, Cooks was a quality piece to the puzzle.
Cooks was one of Tom Brady's primary weapons this past season, serving as the vertical threat in New England's offence. I love his spirit. The idea that Brady will play until he's 45 very well may be aimed at avoiding a farewell tour, with Brady instead simply walking away without advance warning or fanfare after 2018 or 2019, for example. "Hopefully, we have many more years together".