Does Cooks deal slam door on Beckham trade?

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Unless the Rams are hoping for the offensive equivalent of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, the trade for receiver Brandin Cooks likely means that they won’t be trading for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The question now becomes whether anyone else will.

Reports and speculation have surfaced that other teams could be or should be interested. The 49ers and Chargers make plenty of sense; the other L.A. team has even more incentive now to bridge the sizzle gap between franchise competing for the same hearts, minds, and wallet in the nation’s No. 2 market.

The fact that the Cooks trade happened now, and not with the Rams’ pick on the clock on the first night of the draft, shows that the interest in Beckham was real — or at least that Patriots coach Bill Belichick believed it to be real. Belichick surely would have insisted on waiting to do the deal sat a time when he couldn’t be leapfrogged at No. 23. The Rams apparently pushed back, telling the Patriots if they don’t do the deal now, the Rams reserve the right to do the deal for Beckham later.

Now, the Beckham deal to the Rams won’t be happening. It doesn’t mean the trade won’t be made to another team, but taking the Rams out of the mix could give the Giants less leverage when it comes to getting the most they can for Beckham.

32 responses to “Does Cooks deal slam door on Beckham trade?

  1. I doubt the Rams held Belichick hostage here. Belichick flipped a player that wasn’t a good fit for a first round pick. More likely Belichick told the Rams the 49ers were on the other line.

  2. Maybe Belichick wasn’t afraid of being leap-frogged at #23 because he’s planning on packaging some picks to move up even further on draft day? Truthfully, it’s probably not worth prognosticating, because let’s face it, nobody knows what he’s going to do. What’s up is down, what’s down is up. Spotting dimes and eating onions.

  3. Beckham to the Chargers makes zero sense. The Chargers already had the #1 ranked passing team (by yardage) in the NFL last year. Trading for Beckham means draft pick compensation,and a huge contact for Beckham. The Chargers drafted #7 overall last year WR Mike Williams, who if healthy adds more talent and at a great price for several years to come. The Chargers need to invest in players that can help them run the ball, and stop the run. The o-line should already be improved with the addition of last years 2nd round pick, Forrest Lamp, and adding C Mike Pouncey. The Chargers need defensive players to stop the run, not a pricey diva WR.

  4. San Francisco has the picks, the cap space, and the need at WR to make the OBJ trade. They’re also a young team on the rise with a young franchise QB, and I get the feeling Beckham would feel right at home in the Bay Area

  5. How often has Cooks just taken over a game in the NFL? I can rarely if ever think of an instance…the fact that the pats were able to basically improve their return on Cooks despite his decaying value (age and end of contract) is amazing…

  6. The Rams told N.E. now or never and the Pats said do it , pretty simple , now the Rams screwed the Giants because the G men cant use them for leverage in talks and we all know OBJ is going to be moved as the new G.M. hates punks like OBJ and I cant blame him … sorry G men find another sucker

  7. 2 first rounders for OBJ is a polite way of saying we are not trading him. I doubt that any team would trade 2 first round picks for, say, Nick Foles or Eli Manning, for example, and the QB position is a lot more important than WR. That may be why the LAmbs went ahead and looked elsewhere for a receiver.

  8. profootballtalkcom1000 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    The Rams told N.E. now or never and the Pats said do it , pretty simple , now the Rams screwed the Giants because the G men cant use them for leverage in talks and we all know OBJ is going to be moved as the new G.M. hates punks like OBJ and I cant blame him … sorry G men find another sucker
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    He isn’t going anywhere. This cannot be made succinctly clear enough.

  9. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Well the Pats certain have the draft ammo now.

    Then again, dealing with LT once drove BB to take a job in Cleveland.
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    Nice revisionist history there, Skippy.

    Not exactly how it went down, and not gonna waste the keystrokes actually telling what happened between Parcells and the older Maras, and how Belichick had no allies in the front office and ownership group once Parcells’ power siege failed.

  10. goodellisaclown says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    Maybe Belichick wasn’t afraid of being leap-frogged at #23 because he’s planning on packaging some picks to move up even further on draft day?
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    Possible, yet more likely BB just wants to keep his options open to trade down on the day with a team more desperate. With Brady still throwing 505yds even at the SB, he doesn’t quite yet need a top QB as much as he does some defense. But despite that, I agree with some experts saying the Pats could pick Kyle Lauletta much earlier than his expected 5th round.

  11. Couldn’t the Rams trade Cooks for Beckham, if they truly wanted him? Maybe the Giants wanted an established player in return instead of a draft pick.

  12. BB recovered the 1st rounder he gave away for cooks last year, but had to give away his 4th rounder for the rams’ 6th rounder.

    a net loss though this years 1st rounder is 9 spots higher;

    interesting, maybe cooks being traded twice in two years says something about him.

    pip dorsett now plays cooks’ role?

  13. To produce like Cooks has and be traded twice before you complete your rookie contract means he’s a head case.

    The Rams shooting for the 2018 Dream Team Title.

  14. The Rams are settling for Cooks if you ask me. OBJ was either unobtainable or the asking price was too high (Two first round picks). If the Rams could have gotten OBJ for a lower more reasonable price they should have. Getting Cooks doesn’t mean the Rams are a “Dream Team”. The only reason I think they will be better than last year is because of the two corners they got in FA.

    Cooks is not very good. He is a deep threat burner one trick pony like Mike Wallace back in his hay day. It’s why I passed on him in fantasy football last year! What do you know, I won the championship!

    OBJ would have been more of a dream team type pick up. Cook is them settling. He’s not as good as Watkins. They should have just kept Watkins.

  15. 113 22 Rate This
    derp363 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    Pats have enough to trade for Beckham

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    They are not going to shell out 18m. He is likely going to wind up on a bad team staying bad because they are using too much cap space on him. He will get lots of highlight reel footage and good stats and fans mooning over those things to generate ticket and jersey sales, but in the end it will still all be translating down to very few actual victories. Frankly he can do that just staying with the Giants so maybe he goes nowhere.

  16. BB got rid of Cooks because he was in the last year of his contract and BB knew he would not be able to sign him beyond this season. Moreover, the Pats still have plenty of weapons at WR. Sorry to see him go but I understand the business objectives here. The Rams are getting a great player with tremendous speed in Cooks. Good pickup for them.

  17. Spanos won’t pay. Sizzle won’t get the Chargers fans in LA. The Rams own that city and the Chargers are an afterthought there like they were 60 years ago. No identity, no home, they ‘rent’ everything. Playing space, practice space administrative space….you name it.

  18. I think this is less about cooks and more about allocating WR type of $ to a priority position like ummm…. Left Tackle…or acquiring additional picks, trading #31 and #23 for a top 10 pick to secure your long-term tackle

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