Rams G.M. tried to offer big deal to Saints a year ago

AP

The Rams tried to trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks long before yesterday.

And General Manager Les Snead was willing to give up his franchise-tagged player to do it.

Snead told Peter King of SI.com that he had discussions with the Saints a year ago about trading for Cooks, but didn’t have the ammunition to get the deal done.

The Saints were looking for a first-round pick for Cooks. The Patriots had one. The Rams didn’t, as a result of the Jared Goff trade. So Snead offered the Saints cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who the Rams had franchised two years in a row. As much as the Saints needed cornerback help at the time of the deal (before drafting a potential star in Marshon Lattimore), they chose the Patriots offer instead.

“At that time, we didn’t have a first-round pick and New England did, and that made all the difference,” Snead said. “We discussed [cornerback] Trumaine Johnson with New Orleans, but we could not trump New England’s one.”

The Rams sent the 23rd overall pick and a sixth-rounder to New England for Cooks this year, and got a fourth-rounder in return. Johnson walked away in free agency this offseason, signing with the Jets.

Of course, Cooks is an expensive rental at the moment, but the fact they’ve been working on acquiring him for more than a year suggests they’re more amenable to extending him now.

12 responses to “Rams G.M. tried to offer big deal to Saints a year ago

  1. .
    Last year’s Cooks trade worked out well for both New England and the Saints. The Patriots got a deep threat in Cooks while New Orleans chose starting RT Ryan Ramczyk with the Patriots #1.
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  2. 1st round pick for Cooks is a big chunk of change to give up, esp given Cook’s impending contract situation. NE has four picks in the first two rounds now. They came out way ahead on this one.

  3. New trend in the NFL is taking over in a hurry. Trades, for high level talent that are in the tail end of their rookie deals, on the cheap. Kind of like 1-2 season mercenaries.

    But I love it. The RAMS are going ALL IN. They know they have a window to make a deep run these next 2-3 seasons & they are taking full advantage. Not the worst trade off, as long as you have proper management & smart drafting. Make a 1-3 year run, then fall back into the pack & hover around 8-8 for maybe 2 seasons. Then comes the window again with proper drafting & FA signings. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    Being a BILLS fan I’d take that all day. Good on the RAMS & EAGLES. And the VIKINGS. Obviously Cousins. But Kendall Wright is a great addition as a #3 WR & Sheldon Richardson is also a potential big gain.

    The RAMS are perfecting this. Talib & Suh is a big time, sick veteran combo. Then Peters & Cooks, with Aaron Donald. RAMS will have the 1st shot at signing these guys. Yes they will be screwed in 2 years with Goff, Gurley, Peters & Cooks all looking for long term deals. But you might as well GO FOR IT while you can.

  4. Whats the use of a playing & having a salary cap if you not trying to win. That being said, the Vikings Staff is doing it a little differently and i think a better job than the others. The Vikings are adding better talent without giving up its draft capital.

  5. Cooks is a huge upgrade over Sammy Watkins. This is a great step for the Rams. What’s fascinating to me is the question of what the Patriots are planning. Cooks was a real difference maker for them; now what?

  6. 6ball says:
    April 4, 2018 at 6:48 am
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    Last year’s Cooks trade worked out well for both New England and the Saints. The Patriots got a deep threat in Cooks while New Orleans chose starting RT Ryan Ramczyk with the Patriots #1.
    ………………………………………………….

    Thanks for bringing up Ramczyk, which this article somehow failed to do. The rookie graded out higher than any other Saints O lineman on another stellar Black and Gold top 5 offense.

    The Saints had Cooks for two years. The Pats had him for one. But don’t be surprised if Ramczyk outlives, outplays and maybe even out-Hall of Fames Goff, Johnson & Cooks.

    Oh, and the Saints also got Lattimore in the first round. There’s your story.

  7. Saints were interested in Trumaine Johnson, but he told them he would sign a long term deal w/ NO

  8. The Rams had better hope that Cooks has been able to clear the cobwebs from that brutal hit he took from Malcolm Jenkins that knocked him out of the Super Bowl.

  9. What big deal? They offered a cornerback and no other draft capital when the Patriots offered a 1st and 3rd for the Saints fourth. The Saints drafted a better CB than Johnson ever was and got a great OT on top of that. I’m glad the Saints let the Rams keep their “big deal.”

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