In another off-season move in which the Patriots lose a key part of their team, Brandin Cooks and the 136th overall pick have been traded to the Rams in exchange for the 23rd and 198th overall picks in the 2018 NFL draft.
From surface level, you may be asking yourself… “What on earth are the Patriots doing?!?!”, but with Billy B, anything is possible. As much as the Patriots seemed to like Cooks, no one player is too important to the team. The “Patriot-way” is never paying top dollar for a player. Instead, they find a cheaper replacement through the draft or a cheap, veteran contract.
A perfect example of this was Jamie Collins getting traded less than two years ago. Collins was arguably the Patriots’ best defensive player at the time, but he was nearing the end of his rookie contract and was asking for “Von Miller type money” (a poor choice). What happened next? Collins was shipped off to the Browns quicker than Tom Brady could eat his “almost” vegan burger, all for a measly compensatory third-round pick.
Cooks is entering the final year of his contract and due about $8.5 million this year, which is typically more than the Patriots are willing to pay. Let’s break down how this trade affects the Rams and Patriots offenses.
Brandin Cooks, WR LAR
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