Rams plan to sign Brandin Cooks to extension before season starts

Rams plan to sign Brandin Cooks to extension before season starts

- No Patriots receiver since 2001 has averaged more yards per reception in a season than Cooks in 2017 (16.6).

In his only season with New England, Cooks recorded 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns and left a huge impression on coach Belichick, who revealed he never missed practice. Cools posted a team-low catch rate of 57 percent and also have eight games (including playoffs) where he posted 40 receiving yards or fewer.

With the draft picks New England picked up in Tuesday's deal, it now holds four picks in the first two rounds later this month and four more picks in Rounds 3-7. So, it was a lot to ask, having him learn a sophisticated offense and mesh with a quarterback who'd already developed chemistry with receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

Brandin Cooks spent all of one season in New England before the Patriots chose to move on from the speedy wide receiver.

The rest of the NFC West: Cooks makes the Rams more hard to game plan against because he can line up inside and out.

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Snead has now given up his first- and second-round picks in this draft to get Cooks and one year of Sammy Watkins. On the flip side, he very well could get a new contract before the likes of Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley. The Rams have around $100 million in cap space for next season, however a Cooks extension would likely cost upwards of $15 million per year.

But even with the Rams now out of the picture, it's unlikely the rumors surrounding a potential Beckham trade will cease. They owned No. 31 overall as an original pick and now have No. 23.

As creative and aggressive as General Manager Les Snead and Sean McVay have been, what they do come draft time is equally if not more important.

The draft picks include the number 43 overall pick, which the Patriots received from the San Francisco 49ers in the trade that took Jimmy Garoppolo to California.

It has been reported that the Giants are asking for at least two first-round picks for Beckham, which would likely give any team pause. LA also gets a fourth rounder (#136) while the Pats get a sixth-round pick. This trade also comes on the heels of one of Brady's favorite targets in Danny Amendola being signed by the Dolphins in free agency. One option is former Raiders linebacker Navarro Bowman, however he has dealt with injury problems for the majority of his career. Belichick can handle the kid's attitude and curb his wayward tendencies and he could be the best value play - especially if three quarterbacks are drafted ahead of him - and Josh McDaniels could coach him up and scheme him up and put him in positions to replicate what he did best at Oklahoma.

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