Rams already interested in extending Brandin Cooks

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By sending their first-rounder to the Patriots for Brandin Cooks, the Rams added a high-end wide receiver and another big-ticket item on their to-do list.

And it appears they may be ready to do something about this one.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Rams “have already expressed interest” in extending Cooks’ contract. He’s currently working on the option year of his rookie deal, and will make $8.5 million this season.

The Rams have apparently been thinking about this one for some time, as the Rams were interested in trading for Cooks before the Saints sent him to New England a year ago, according to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

But to commit to Cooks now requires Cooks to want to be committed to, at a time when free agents who have done far less than he has (cough, Sammy Watkins, cough) are able to get $16 million-a-year deals. He might prefer to hit the open market a year from now and choose his own destination for a change after being traded two offseasons in a row.

The Rams are operating from a sense of urgency, since defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are also entering contract years, and traded-for corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are under contractual control for two more. They have cap flexibility now (since they’re paying a quarterback practically nothing the next two years), but they’re facing plenty of big decisions in the future.

17 responses to “Rams already interested in extending Brandin Cooks

  1. tommymomoney says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Says something about Cooks that he’s still on his first contract and 2 teams have dumped him.
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    It also says something that three different teams used a first round pick to acquire him. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before.

  2. tommymomoney says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    The Rams gave up more for Cooks this year than the Pats did last year. For a player who’s a year closer to free agency. Why?

    Because they can. Two teams should have paid Kirk Cousins – Browns and Jets. Why? Because their QB room was empty and they had the cap. Anyone else (including the Vikings) were nuts to cough up that kind of capital for him. Talk to me again in January when the Vikings are not on the way to the Super Bowl.

    But the Rams could give up this kind of capital, and honestly it’s not alot, because their team is already stacked. Was it too much? Maybe. Was it way too much? I doubt it. NOLA needed capital and Cooks does not fit the Brady dink and dunk offense. Goff on the other hand? Could use someone to stretch the field.

  3. >The Rams gave up more for Cooks this year than the Pats did last year. For a player who’s a year closer to free agency. Why?

    What are you talking about?

    The Pats gave up a #1 & a #3 for Cooks & a #4 back in 2017.

    The Rams gave up a #1 & a #6 for Cooks & a #4.

    The Rams are interested in signing him to a long-term deal but if he leaves, they’ll be getting a compensatory pick too.

    As to the “Why”… well, that’s because the Rams feel they have a roster THIS year ready to compete for the Super Bowl and want to stalk as many cards in their deck as they can to obtain a Championship. The new stadium is going to open in 2-years and ownership is trying to sell PSL’s for $100,000. A young and loaded roster coming off a Super Bowl win and looking to be around for a few years will go a long way towards that objective.

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    Belichick saw Sammy Watkins get 16 million from the Chiefs. Next, he did the math on what it would take to sign free agent to be, Cooks. Then he traded him to the cap rich Rams. It’s as easy as ABC.
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  5. Most of the players they have traded for or signed wont be on the team next year. So basically its one shot and if they miss its trouble because donald will be the highest paired defensive player and goffs contract is going to be coming up soon too. Good luck with that. People knock the come a but their front office was planning the past couple yrs to make sure they had cap space. The rams and planing for one year. They are screwed for the future.

  6. The Patriots got Cooks from the Saints for number 32 pick, now they traded him for number 23. I wonder which player B.B. is gunning for in the draft.

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    ramrene says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    >The Rams gave up more for Cooks this year than the Pats did last year. For a player who’s a year closer to free agency. Why?

    What are you talking about?

    The Pats gave up a #1 & a #3 for Cooks & a #4 back in 2017.

    The Rams gave up a #1 & a #6 for Cooks & a #4.

    The Rams are interested in signing him to a long-term deal but if he leaves, they’ll be getting a compensatory pick too.

    As to the “Why”… well, that’s because the Rams feel they have a roster THIS year ready to compete for the Super Bowl and want to stalk as many cards in their deck as they can to obtain a Championship. The new stadium is going to open in 2-years and ownership is trying to sell PSL’s for $100,000. A young and loaded roster coming off a Super Bowl win and looking to be around for a few years will go a long way towards that objective.

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    The setup of this team can’t be around for a few years, they can’t give 10 guys 50-150 million dollar contracts.

    Plus in the meantime, assuming they continue to be in bottom 10 of the 1st round, and other rounds, they won’t have much young talent to back up this big bulge of contracts coming up.

    So it looks more like they’ll be dismantling this team either the year the stadium opens, or the after the 1st year.

    In the meantime, you have a bunch of big egos who have been discarded by other teams likely because of their egos. This could completely blow up on the Rams.

    Also the Rams now have no 1st or 2nd round picks this year. One for a receiver no longer there, and one who might not be there after this year. If he is, that’s going to cause one of the other big named guys (or more) not to be at some point.

    This looks like all in for 2018 and maybe 2019. They could MAYBE push it off after 2020, but after that comes extreme pain/mass exodus if they can even put it off that long.

  8. “But the Rams could give up this kind of capital, and honestly it’s not alot, because their team is already stacked.”

    Well at least they are on paper, unfortunately for them very few ‘paper dream teams’ become actual dream teams on the field. You can go get the best DB’s and the best LB’s, and the best DL, etc. However, if they are not use to playing with one another it can go south quick. Then throw in the triple dip of ego you have with Peters, Suh, and Talib and not only can it not work out, It could blow up in your face.

    Best I can tell, while Suh and Talib’s character are not all that great, they do play hard. LOL, the same can not be said of Peters. There is a reason that there was NOOOOOOO market for him. He is living off the fame of his first season. His 2nd season was not as good, and his stats dropped even more in his 3rd year. Tied for 5th with like 6 other players for interceptions and he refuses to tackle.

    LOL, wait till the first time Ram fans see there “Elite” CB Peters jump out of the way of the on coming running back to avoid having to make a tackle.

  9. Suh plays hard and is a quiet locker room guy . He has been a dirty player but not so much the last couple of years . Talib is a good hard nose player that will be great under Wade Phillips as will Suh . Cooks is a good guy and a hard working player , these guys will be fine . Peters I think will grow and play well under Wade also . The character issues are way overblown and the Rams will be fantastic . look at the Giants last season the entire D turned on the coach and they still have Eli Apple , OBJ ect..

  10. Except for Suh, the Rams will gain enough cap space next year to keep all these guys and pay them. Two year and three years from now they will start to have major problems with the salary cap. Hopefully they will get lucky in the draft and will eventually be able to replace some of these high-paid players.

  11. the Rams could have traded a 3rd rounder for TY Hilton and the Colts would had taken that deal in a heart beat. The Rams would had gotten one of the best deep threat guys in football, with 2 more years on his contract that would come to less anything Brandin Cooks was worth. I do not ever believe that a WR should be worth a first round pick, unless he is an all-pro type player like Julio Jones or Antonio Brown. Brandin Cooks is good, not first round pick good and the Patriots realized they made a mistake last year because they ultimately did not need him as much as they needed a pass-rusher or linebacker

  12. Rams are doing what the Seahawks did when Russell was on his Rookie contract. Spend big money elsewhere and make a push for the SB. Smart move. In a couple years, it will not be possible, so they know they need to go for it as they were so close to making it last season. Odds on favorite to be top dog in West, if not NFC, entirely.

    I think they are clearly winning the off season. Hope the Seahawks can upset them during the season. Going to be a challenge, for sure.

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