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Pats deal WR Cooks to Rams

Union Leader wire services
April 04. 2018 12:48AM

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) walks off the field after being injured in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Rams acquired receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Los Angeles is sending a first-round choice (No. 23 overall) and a sixth-round pick to the Patriots. New England is giving a fourth-round choice to the Rams.

Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season in his lone campaign with the Patriots. He spent his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Overall, Cooks has 280 receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns in four NFL seasons.

New England now possesses two first-round picks (23 and 31) and two second-round picks (34, 63) in the 2018 draft. The 34th overall selection came in the trade in which quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sent to the San Francisco 49ers.

Among the Patriots’ needs is left tackle to replace Nate Solder, who signed with the Giants last month. Other possibilities include a quarterback to be Tom Brady’s eventual successor.

Los Angeles won’t pick until the third round with the 87th overall selection.

The speedy Cooks, 24, played at Oregon State and was selected 20th overall by the Saints in the 2014 draft.

Cooks is scheduled to earn about $8.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

The Rams, in search of a deep threat to replace Sammy Watkins, had contacted the New York Giants about possibly trading for Odell Beckham Jr.

But they dealt for Cooks, who gives coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff another weapon. Cook joins a receiving corps that includes Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tavon Austin, Josh Reynolds and Mike Thomas among others.

Field Level Media and Los Angeles Times


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