Rams trade for Brandin Cooks

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The Rams have traded for a wide receiver, but it isn’t Odell Beckham.

Per multiple reports, that the Rams and Patriots have agreed to a trade that will send Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles. The Patriots will also send a fourth-round pick to the Rams while the Rams will send the 23rd pick of this year’s draft and a sixth-round selection to New England.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams and Patriots have talked about a deal involving Cooks over the last month and that the Rams preferred it to continuing to pursue a possible deal for Beckham.

The trade comes a little more than a year after the Patriots sent a first-round pick and a third-round pick to the Saints to acquire Cooks and a fourth-round pick. He caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns during his one regular season in New England and caught 10 more passes for 155 yards in the playoffs before being knocked out of the Super Bowl with a concussion.

There was some talk of an extension for Cooks in New England as he’s entering the final year of his rookie deal. He’s set to make $8.5 million this season and it will be up to the Rams to find a way to hold onto him while also trying to hammer out a new deal with defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

148 responses to “Rams trade for Brandin Cooks

  1. Good move. Cooks has short T-Rex arms and no field presence. The Rams got robbed by Bill giving up a first round pick for a mediocre receiver with 1 year left on his contract.

  2. Lots of stability up there in New England. Bench Malcolm ,trade Gronk, trade Cooks. Rinse, repeat. Enter the spiral. Bill forcing Tom out with youth movement. Smart.

  3. Who was the guy on the rumors of a Gronk trade saying that because the Pats always do the unexpected, and everyone expeced the Gronk trade, it would not happen? Come on guy, you get high fives all around now. You were the first person I thought of when I saw this. Come claim your glory.

  4. Sounds to me like Odell better get to camp because the Rams just did a NY Jets / Suh option away.

    At least odell has a Rams jersey out of it.

  5. That “hurdle” he attempted in the Super Bowl was one of the most embarrassing plays I’ve ever witnessed. Somehow dude can amass 1100 yards a season and still be trash

  6. “weird that a quiet guy with so much talent is on his 3rd team in as many years. What’s the catch”

    He never really seemed to put out as hard as he should have been on the field. And on his 3 catches in the Super Bowl he proceeded to make 3 of the worst after catch plays I’ve ever seen. Ran in a 360 degree circle the first one trying to get around defenders gaining no extra yardage, then tried to make that absurd leap over a defender that he planted his crotch in the guy’s face on, and then ran in a circle again without keeping his head on a swivel so he got lit up and knocked out.

    Nice enough guy but didn’t pan out for the Pats.

  7. wib22 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Pats run is over. Belicheap is purging the roster. 4 yard tom can’t be happy.

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    Forgive me for my ignorance, but is “4 yard tom” the one who led the league in passing yards last season and threw for over 500 yds in the Super Bowl? Man, that guy sucks!

  8. Cooks is small and not very powerful. You have to hit him open and small catch radius. But, if you hit him running, TD all the way. He’s just not able to be physical enough in the mix of things consistently.

  9. That SB loss to the Eagles must have REALLY hurt ! From ” Patriot Way ” to ” Patriot Purge ” !!!

  10. Surprising, we’ll miss Brandons speed for sure but going over the middle, redzone or having to fight a bigger cb was a losing effort for Cooks, something Patriots passing style stresses. He had 2-3 good games and faded down the strech. While he is a dangerous wr capable of giving 1000 yard seasons I Can’t believe they got a 1st rounder out of that.

  11. ‘I’m sure the Patriots will sign/draft some white guy we’ve never heard of and be absolutely fine”

    I suggest you google “list of Patriots receivers wiki” and you’ll see the numerous African American receivers the Pats have had on the roster under Belichick.

    Oh that’s right, you hate the Pats and Belichick so you don’t want the actual facts, you want to childishly parrot a false narrative so you can self righteously claim they’re racist.

  12. mcjon22 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I’m sure the Patriots will sign/draft some white guy we’ve never heard of and be absolutely fine
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    Race has nothing to do with it as they look for “undervalued” receivers who are also diligent enough students of the game to master their complicated playbook. White, brown, yellow or red does not matter — getting great player for their system at a great price is all that should matter in a Salary Cap league

  13. Pretty good haul for the Pats. Maybe Gronk gets a raise now? And with Edelman back and the Pats adding a few pieces already this off season, they should be set by the time july rolls around. There’s always a disgruntled yet talented WR that becomes available through trade. Hope Pats use the picks on offensive line

  14. Good for the Rams! It will be interesting to see if buying all of this talent will result in winning a SB. It worked in Denver. Good luck to them.

    Now, why doesn’t another AFC team do this so NE doesn’t have an annual free pass to the SB in the AFC. It’s a thought!

  15. wib22 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Pats run is over. Belicheap is purging the roster. 4 yard tom can’t be happy.

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    Who is “4 yard Tom”? Brady was 2nd in YPA in ’16 and top 5 last year and the MVP. Get your facts together.

  16. Lamar Jackson goes #23. We have all seen the odd formations, trick plays. Patriots will essentially be running the triangle offense. D coordinators will have fits. They may not punt till week 14.

  17. So now it’s Super Bowl or bust for the Rams, right?

    They’re one of the most talented teams in the league but I’m going to go ahead and predict they don’t make the playoffs this year. That just seems to be the way it works when you add a lot of high-profile players in one offseason.

  18. certifiedballer says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Good move. Cooks has short T-Rex arms and no field presence. The Rams got robbed by Bill giving up a first round pick for a mediocre receiver with 1 year left on his contract.

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    You can ALWAYS count on a Pats FANBOY to come in and Proclaim the Pats “Won the Trade”!!Lol First of all the Patriots GAVE UP a 1st rounder to get Cooks last year! Lol So did the Pats get robbed? Lol Secondly Cooks was drafted #20 overall in his draft class so Apparently he is Valued as Such. 3rd of all Cooks has been VERY productive throughout his career so its not like his talent/production is in question. Also factor in that he’s young and has PLENTY of tread left on his tires. Nobody can predict what the Pats will be able to get with #23 but Cooks is a known entity. I believe that this has more to do with Brady and the FACT that his deep ball is waning and the type of offense/attack the Pats administer doesn’t really play up to Cooks HomeRun capabilities.

  19. exinsidetrader says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm
    Rams and Eagles going all-in for a SuperBowl guaranteeing one of them will be disappointed in not making it.

    Aren’t the eagles the defending super bowl champions? Thought so

  20. Something fishy here — a player doesn’t play for 3 teams in 3 years (teams that need WRs) because he’s a great player and team-mate.

  21. Just another one of those “genius” Bilicheat moves. After the Patriots won the off-season last year, all they have left to show for it is the 4th string RB Mike Gillisle and an overpaid CB….. Pure genius.

  22. Am I the only one that thinks Cooks is overrated. They just gave up a first round pick for the guy. He’s played in 2 pass heavy offenaes, with 2 of the top 3 QBs in the league and he’s never had a 1200 yard season and never made a pro bowl. I mean he’s a good receiver, but a first round pick, especially for a guy who is on the last year of his rookie deal.

  23. illumination666 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Rams are going all in. Smart of them to take advantage of this time while all their stars are on rookie contracts.
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    Since cap space can be carried over and those deals are coming due soon I don’t know how smart going all in now is in a football sense but it’s almost a necessity from a busine$$ standpoint, their PSL’s started rolling out 3 weeks ago.

  24. So B.B. basically gets 1 year of Cooks (for pick #32), who helps get the team to another Super Bowl, then turns around and trades him (for pick #23) to a team that will have him for one season before he demands $15M per year. And people wonder why the Pats are the greatest dynasty in the history of the league.

  25. Remember after the 18-0 season went down the drain. Trades and retirements..everyone said ti was over for Belichick and Brady.

    Then they went to 4 Super Bowls from 2012-2018.

    BB traded the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft to RENT Cooks for a year. Then he nets a 23rd overall pick in the 2018 draft. BB uses Cooks for a year and moves up 9 spots in the 1st round. Brilliant.

    Now I am hearing they are down again? Haha.

    Last time BB had TWO 1st round picks..he drafted Chandler Jones and Donta Hightower.

  26. With all these moves for the Rams comes even higher expectations. It’s SB win or bust. If they don’t win it all this year they’ll be considered one of the most disappointing teams of all time…. Just like the Patriots last year and in 07′

  27. This guy may be one of the most overrated players in the league. He’s a one trick undersized pony and he’s looking for a massive contract. He cries when his team drops 50 points against an opponent and doesn’t record a catch. There is a reason why this is his 3rd team in 3 years. Can’t believe the rams were dumb enough to give up a 1st rounder. Wow.

  28. metlifeteardown says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:19 pm
    Lamar Jackson goes #23. We have all seen the odd formations, trick plays. Patriots will essentially be running the triangle offense. D coordinators will have fits. They may not punt till week 14.
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    Lamar Jackson will be LONG GONE by Pick #23. BOOK IT.

  29. Pats sent a 1st (32nd overall) and a 3rd rounder to the Saints, got Cooks and a 4th.

    Now they send Cooks on a 1-year contract, a 4th rounder, and get the 23rd overall and a 6th.

    So, basically, they traded a 3rd rounder for 1 year of Cooks, in which he had over 1000 receiving yards, while also getting a superior 1st rounder than the one they initially spent to acquire him. Seems like good trade value to me.

  30. Wow another good move by the Rams , As a Rams fan going back to the fearsome foursome days I am thinking this team is super bowl bound . Damn Snead has balls to make all these deals . Thank God we didn’t get OBJ , now we need a LB or two on draft day

  31. Pats either didn’t think they could afford Cooks after his rookie deal runs out, or didn’t want to have to pay him. If Cooks plays out his contract, Pats get a third round compensatory pick for him. Instead they get a first rounder. But they lose his services this year. They now have the ammo to move up for a QB. Two firsts and an early 2nd. Not that they will, but they could.

  32. umassdebatingteam says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    So B.B. basically gets 1 year of Cooks (for pick #32), who helps get the team to another Super Bowl, then turns around and trades him (for pick #23) to a team that will have him for one season before he demands $15M per year. And people wonder why the Pats are the greatest dynasty in the history of the league.
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    You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara……..

  33. The Patriots may be going after Odell Beckham. Trading Cooks frees up $8.5M and gets them the extra 1st round Draft pick. Other possibility is that the extra 1st round pick goes towards a player they really really like in the Draft.

  34. Some genius fan of a vastly inferior and ALWAYS dominated team just posted that the Pats got hosed on this deal. That’s just further confirmation that the Pats won this deal handily. Meanwhile, Mike Triplin and his western PA also-rans are about to pay $15 M to a RB who has never advanced beyond the AFCG. Mediocrity has apparently become not only the ultimate goal but also the norm in Steeler land.

  35. picksix401 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm
    Does Goff have the arm to reach him down the field? Time will tell.

    Top 10 last season in “Deep passes” by PFF. I think that’s your answer.

  36. 1) Pats now have two 1st and two 2nd round picks this year.
    2) Malcolm Mitchell = healthy.
    3) Haters and Gronk fake news merchants pump faked again.

  37. The Patriot are forward thinkers .They are a well run organization that is the reason their in the Super Bowl every year.

  38. With $8.5M, Patriots get a discount on either Eric Reid or Kenny Vaccaro. Two quality players that no one is buying since safeties are underrated and have money to spare on either another FA or mid-season pick up.

    Cooks is a good player, but won’t be worth a big contract in a year and just didn’t fit well with the Patriots.

  39. Great move for the Pats getting to use this guy for a year and getting a better first round pick.
    That’s why the Pats are #1. They already have a glut at wideout and can mix and match at that position like no team in history. Bishop to Kings pawn 2. Check!

  40. In what world does Bill Belichek want anything to do with an Odell Beckham type distraction?

    A #1 pick for a guy on his last of his rookie contract? Do it every time. Bill will draft a star, pay him 5 years on the rookie scale, then tag him for a sixth year if need be.

  41. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Oh that’s right, you hate [insert team] so you don’t want the actual facts, you want to childishly parrot a false narrative ….

    *******************************************************************************

    Sounds kind of like a select group of Pats homers/bots that constantly post on articles having nothing to do with NE with the same tired garbage. Goes both ways.

  42. I’m sure the Patriots will sign/draft some white guy we’ve never heard of and be absolutely fine…

    Not to quibble but the original ‘wes welker’ was Troy Brown. Just saying…..

  43. bigblu73 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara…
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    You forgot the Pats ALSO getting a 6th. So yeah, I’ll see your Alvin Kamara and raise you Tom Brady. It’s a lot more of crap shoot than a science after the 3rd round, lol.

  44. illumination666 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    Bye bye Tavon Austin?
    ==============================

    They already restructured his contract.

    Try to keep up.

  45. Big blue, but we both forgot that the Rams are giving up their 6th round pick. Ask the Pats how valuable a 6th round pick can be. Here’s looking at you GOAT….

  46. I think Stan ought to charter a all expenses paid trip to Hawaii draft weekend. It’s clear the Rams don’t like draft picks…

  47. donbat67 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm
    This has recipe for disaster written all over it , can’t buy a championship .
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    Normally I would agree, but this McVay kid, changes everything that we know about football.

    Will be fun to watch, no matter which way it ends.

    Go Rams!

  48. Disclaimer: **Im not a pats fan**

    Im so surprised that the Pats were able to get so much for Cooks. They basically got him on a one year rental and IMPROVED the value when the flipped him despite him being on the last year of his deal…I cant tell if this was a pretty dumb Rams trade or a really good Pats one…or maybe both?

  49. The Seahawks clearly have a new rival in the LA Rams. The 49ers are getting better under the Lynch too. I appreciate the NFC West getting back to the best division in the NFL so that when the Seahawks dominate the division once again will be tested for the playoffs! Go Hawks!

  50. The Patriot methods are unimpeachable due to their track record, but even so, this is a pretty crazy offseason. I thought Belichick liked Cooks. Cooks, Amendola, Solder, Butler, probably more to come – I’m positive the Pats will come out of this a solid team, but that’s a lot to overcome all at once to reach the same level of excellence.

  51. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    bigblu73 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara…
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    You forgot the Pats ALSO getting a 6th. So yeah, I’ll see your Alvin Kamara and raise you Tom Brady. It’s a lot more of crap shoot than a science after the 3rd round, lol.

    ****************************************************************************************
    Joe Theisman, John Stallworth, Charlie Joiner, Jarred Allen, Darren Sproles, Steve Largent, Harry Carson, Charles Hailey, Rich Gannon, Cliff Branch…… All 4TH ROUNDERS. Thanks for Playing!

  52. This trade is about draft capital people.Cooks is in a contract year with Sammy Watkins getting 16.5 million a year!!! What’s Cooks gonna command ?? And stop with the Beckham talk…he’s gonna command more!!! It’s a good trade for the Patriots who are suddenly stacked with 5 picks in first 95 selections!!!! Good move to sustain success while keeping the wins in the win column….👍👍👍

  53. polksaladandy says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Big blue, but we both forgot that the Rams are giving up their 6th round pick. Ask the Pats how valuable a 6th round pick can be. Here’s looking at you GOAT….
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    Good Luck Counting on that 6th turning into another Brady….. About as likely as Winning Powerball Twice!! Lol

  54. bigblu73 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara…
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    Kamara was picked in the third round.

  55. Balls of steel. Can’t wait to see how this plays out. While the rest of the league is saying,’The Pats went to the SBowl 3 out of the last 4 yrs. Now they have 2 #1s and 2 #2s. How does this happen’? Can’t wait to see how this plays out. Can’t wait to find out. Given up trying to guess.

  56. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    bigblu73 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara…
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    Kamara was picked in the third round.
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    Ur Right, my mistake.

  57. Oooohhhh nooooooo. The end is near for the dynasty! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  58. #20 overall in his draft class so Apparently he is Valued as Such. 3rd of all Cooks has been VERY productive throughout his career so its not like his talent/production is in question. Also factor in that he’

    Because he was drafted 20 means that is what he is worth?not sure you understand how this works.

  59. Cooks is a top #2 WR or a mid /lower level #1. Good player, but not the game changer I envisioned. They would have had to pay him 8.5 this yr on his 5th yr option, and then 15/yr ave after that. Instead of draft pk money for 4 yrs. Not sure people understand how this works.

  60. umassdebatingteam says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    So B.B. basically gets 1 year of Cooks (for pick #32), who helps get the team to another Super Bowl, then turns around and trades him (for pick #23) to a team that will have him for one season before he demands $15M per year. And people wonder why the Pats are the greatest dynasty in the history of the league.

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    This to me looked like more of a ‘nice save’ than a genius master plan. I dont think Belichick was planning to be trading him a year later when he got him. As all the Pats haters were gleefully pointing out last year he was never the dominant game changing weapon that was hoped for. Certainly an extremely good reciever and giving plenty of good support to the offense, but not game changing. So in that respect Belichick was not losing badly on the deal but not really winning it either. Getting right about puck 32 value but less contract control than a fresh rookie. So when the Rams tipped their hand that they were wlling to go big for a receiver but then OBJ priced himself out of being that guy Belichick saw an opening to get his investment back. He does come out slightly ahead (9 spaces) in draft position so its a small victory in the end, but not earth shattering.

  61. diehard pats fan but a few things stand out as why this trade was completed.

    1) Mike Evans’ new deal probably nixed any possible extension for Cooks considering it will cost between 12-15 on average per season.

    2) His route running in the super bowl. I loved having Brandin. I felt, and many of my fellow new Englanders probably felt he was “that” speed demon we needed to replace Moss. After his unfortunate injury in the big game, and the idiotic 3rd down run, Belichick may have said no thanks.

    3) The draft capital in return. We traded #32 and a 3rd rounder for cooks. We flipped that and a 4th for #23 and a 6th. Last time we had 2 first rounders was 2012 and we netted CJ and Donta. Obviously, my wifes chicago Bears passing on Jones, and Rex ryan taking Coples helped set that motion.

    4) Malcolm Mitchell or PATTERSON. We were going to take Patterson in 2013, until the Vikings allowed us the fleece them for picks that turned into Collins, Harmon, and Ryan. Patterson could be the next receiver considering Matthew Slater is back.

  62. derp363 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    watch the patriots trade both their 1st round picks for Beckham…

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    Beckham has said he wants 18 million a year from whatever team gets him. Aint gonna happen.

  63. illumination666 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Rams are going all in. Smart of them to take advantage of this time while all their stars are on rookie contracts.

    358 19 Rate This

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    so, in 2018, you think the rams will win it all

    this approach never works

    a 1 year shot will never work

    my goodness are people
    dumb

    belichick just fleeced
    la because he no owns the draft

  64. wib22 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    Where are the homers like Ty laws nosepicker to defend belichick again?
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    You two should move in together.

  65. vicnocal says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    It’s cringey how seriously some of these people get in the comments section -you are all grown men, I presume? Wow.
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    Grown men yes. Mature men or boys?….not quite so sure.

  66. tylawspick6 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    illumination666 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Rams are going all in. Smart of them to take advantage of this time while all their stars are on rookie contracts.

    358 19 Rate This

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    so, in 2018, you think the rams will win it all

    this approach never works

    a 1 year shot will never work

    my goodness are people
    dumb

    belichick just fleeced
    la because he now owns the draft

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    I disagree. LA has certainly loaded up well and it cant be ruled out this taking them all the way. What they dont have planned for yet is longevity. Their stars will need to get paid at some point and its just too many coming due so the current oack will not hold together. But I say ‘yet’ on the longevity because if they made some good shrewed moves dealing with these players after this year they could extend the lifespan.

  67. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    “weird that a quiet guy with so much talent is on his 3rd team in as many years. What’s the catch”

    He never really seemed to put out as hard as he should have been on the field. And on his 3 catches in the Super Bowl he proceeded to make 3 of the worst after catch plays I’ve ever seen. Ran in a 360 degree circle the first one trying to get around defenders gaining no extra yardage, then tried to make that absurd leap over a defender that he planted his crotch in the guy’s face on, and then ran in a circle again without keeping his head on a swivel so he got lit up and knocked out.

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    I’ve been saying that Cooks was not the player most Pats fans thought…the Saints knew that he couldn’t run after the catch and they weren’t going to pay him. I guess the Pats figured it out too. Rams will have to pay him now….ooops.

  68. He has one year left on his deal at $8 million. Getting a 1st round pick for him is a heist.

    So does that mean the Saints heisted the Patriots last year then, getting a first and a third?

  69. tylawspick6 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    my goodness are people
    dumb
    belichick just fleeced
    la because he no owns the draft

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    LMAO HAHAHAHA youre by far the dumbest if you think BB owns the draft!?!!?

    hahahahaha Lockerroom is cooked (Pun intended)

    BB hasn’t drafted well since the 2012 draft then he decided to trade the good 1st rounder and lock up the injury prone Donta LOL

    Since 2013-2017 By FAR Worst draft classes most busts in NFL

  70. profootballtalkcom1000 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm
    Wow another good move by the Rams , As a Rams fan going back to the fearsome foursome days I am thinking this team is super bowl bound . Damn Snead has balls to make all these deals . Thank God we didn’t get OBJ , now we need a LB or two on draft day
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    I feel the same way. It’s do or die in 2019.

    It feels good.

    Will worry about next year, after this year.

    🙂

  71. The Pats will be fine without Cooks. There must be a good reason the Saints and Patriots sent Cooks packing without re-signing him. The Rams just settled.

  72. There’s always going to be the wish that Belichick has finally lost it, but that has to be getting old by now. Belichick picked up Phillip Dorsett last year, and he can do pretty much the same thing Cooks can do. By now you would think maybe Belichick knows what he’s doing.

  73. why is it that whenever a big name player gets unexpectedly traded, the first question is what’s wrong with the player.

  74. tylawspick6 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    illumination666 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Rams are going all in. Smart of them to take advantage of this time while all their stars are on rookie contracts.

    358 19 Rate This

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    so, in 2018, you think the rams will win it all

    this approach never works
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    Never say never. 🙂

  75. therealraider says:
    Los Angeles’s front runner fan base dictates that the Rams have to be “all-in” every offseason.
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    If your team isn’t going all-in to win the Super Bowl every year during the off-season, then you’re rooting for losers.

  76. “Closed mouths don’t get fed”

    If being with Brees and Brady wasn’t enough to feed him, good luck with Goff satisfying his appetite…Goff isn’t the problem, but will he have the time to get the ball to Cooks?

  77. wib22 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    Where are the homers like Ty laws nosepicker to defend belichick again?

    Probably exercising that old adage about letting people think he’s wrong instead of coming here and proving it like some others.

    But take heart, it’s unlikely that Tom or Bill are immortal so eventually you may be right.You’ve had what, 15 years of practice now?

  78. New england fleeces another team. in the superbowl 3 of the last 4 years and have 2 first rounders, 2 second rounders and a third.
    Unbelievable!!!

    Greatest organization the NFL has every seen. Belichick == true genius!

  79. I’m an Eagles fan, but I have to admit that I love what the Rams are doing. In today’s NFL you have to take advantage of having a stud quarterback (and RB) on a rookie deal. It’s a copy-cat league and the Rams are using the same formula that just worked for the Eagles. Mark my word, the Rams are going to be serious contenders for at least the next couple years.
    I suppose anything can happen from year-to-year in the NFL, but man…the NFC is looking tough next year with the Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Falcons & Saints already Super Bowl contenders. Then you throw in Aaron Rodgers coming back with the Packers and the Garoppolo led Niners! Damn…I want to move to the AFC!

  80. LMAO HAHAHAHA youre by far the dumbest if you think BB owns the draft!?!!?

    hahahahaha Lockerroom is cooked (Pun intended)

    BB hasn’t drafted well since the 2012 draft then he decided to trade the good 1st rounder and lock up the injury prone Donta LOL

    Since 2013-2017 By FAR Worst draft classes most busts in NFL
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    Not sure what you are smoking but pass it around.

    ’13
    JCollins making all pro $ and starting in Cle. Dobson is a bust. Both second rounders!!! Ryan making all pro $ and starting. Harmon rotating in sub packages. Both third rounders.

    ’14
    Easley is a bust despite still contributing. Stork was a solid start prior to injuries ending his career. Fleming rotating throughout the OL. Garropolo\JWhite

    ’15
    MBrown anchors the DL. JRichards\GGrissom contribute on ST and rotate in consistently. Flowers\Jackson\Mason are all solid contributors.

    ’16
    CJones is a bust. Thuney is a starter. Mitchell\Valentine\Roberts are all solid contributors despite some being injured. Brisett could be the starting QB for the Colts and will be their backup worst case.

    ’17
    DRivers was starting prior to getting injured. Garcia is poised to see starting time this year with Solder gone. DWise started and contributed.

    Sure there were some busts. “Since 2013-2017 By FAR Worst draft classes most busts in NFL”? Give me a break already.

  81. You forgot that the Pats ALSO are giving up their 4th round pick. Ask the Saints how valuable a 4th round pick can be. Heres looking at you Alvin Kamara……..
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    Way to pick the one 4th rounder that was a complete stud. How about the other 31?

  82. lolnehomers says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    my goodness are people
    dumb
    belichick just fleeced
    la because he no owns the draft

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    LMAO HAHAHAHA youre by far the dumbest if you think BB owns the draft!?!!?

    hahahahaha Lockerroom is cooked (Pun intended)

    BB hasn’t drafted well since the 2012 draft then he decided to trade the good 1st rounder and lock up the injury prone Donta LOL

    Since 2013-2017 By FAR Worst draft classes most busts in NFL
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    Amazing! With all those bad drafts that they have been in 3 Super Bowls in the last 4 years,

    How’s your team doing?

  83. scmems07 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    Just another one of those “genius” Bilicheat moves. After the Patriots won the off-season last year, all they have left to show for it is the 4th string RB Mike Gillisle and an overpaid CB….. Pure genius.
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    That 8th SB appearance while yours and every other team has appeared at most 3 times since 2001 sure proves your point. In a couple years the Rams will be scrambling to put players on the field while NE constantly builds not only a competitive team but an annual SB favorite. Something 31 other franchises are simply unable to accomplish. Let me remind you, BB took a QB who hadn’t played in a game since high school and won 11 games. The man is simply smarter than everyone and yes that is the definition of genius. Just as it is inevitable that NE will once again threaten for another SB title it so too is inevitable that 31 other fan bases will claim the Patriots demise during the off season. Get back to me when it actually happens but for now, dream on.

  84. IMODAN:

    Your 10:41. Good post.

    I like to put it this way- on any given day Belichik is 2 1/2 – 3 times smarter than any of the other GMs, 4 times smarter than the ‘writers’, 5 times smarter than us in the peanut gallery (like me) and

    The haters? – he just ignores them while they go about the daily business of keeping the rest of us amused.

  85. Paper champions, no more than that. This team may win a playoff game, but that’s about it for this team.

  86. harrisonhits2 says:
    I’ve been saying that Cooks was not the player most Pats fans thought…the Saints knew that he couldn’t run after the catch and they weren’t going to pay him. I guess the Pats figured it out too. Rams will have to pay him now….ooops.
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    Well, props for being man enough to come back and admit it, since most people won’t (last year at the time of the trade you wrote: “Something tells me Cooks (will) be a major asset for the Pats.”)
    The Pats got a nice return from the Rams, although not as great as it might first appear when you consider Ne England gave up a first and a third for nothing more than a one-year rental. Still, leave it to BB to fix his mistakes and get something out of it, which he did.

  87. 283diamonds says:

    April 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    With $8.5M, Patriots get a discount on either Eric Reid or Kenny Vaccaro. Two quality players that no one is buying since safeties are underrated and have money to spare on either another FA or mid-season pick up.
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    Don’t think the Pats would be very happy with Vaccaro. He’s more of a Panthers type DB.

  88. wib22 says:

    April 3, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Another move where belichick gets taken to the cleaners

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    This comment doesn’t add up. Pats gave up the 32nd pick in 2017 (and 4th rdr in 2018) in exchange for 1 year of Brandin Cooks and the 23rd pick in 2018 (and Rams 6th rdr) and get 8mil in cap relief. Another indisputable gem by GM Belichick. Learn a little more about the transaction before you comment.

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