Winners, losers from Brandin Cooks trade: Patriots have options

Receiver Brandin Cooks was traded from the Patriots to the Rams the second straight offseason in which he has been traded

The Giants reportedly want two first-round picks but might consider a first-round pick and a second- or third-round pick for Beckham, but that is nothing close to what the Patriots received for Cooks.

Now that he has two first-round picks, could he trade them to go in the other direction? I would not be surprised if he is moved between now and day three of the draft. Later it was indicated that the Pats had traded their wide receiver, Brandin Cooks. But giving up two first-round picks for Beckham and paying him somewhere in the range of $17M-$20M per year is laying out a lot of capital.

As long as the Patriots have Gronkowski, Edelman, Chris Hogan, and James White healthy, Brady and the offense will probably be just fine.

In 2015 and 2016, Cooks averaged 81 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns per season with the Saints.

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In the playoffs, he hauled in 10 catches for 155 yards, including one catch in the Super Bowl before getting injured.

"On the surface, trading a first-round draft pick for Brandin Cooks when the Rams already have Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on their roster might seem like a luxury, but when you look at the Rams personnel usage in 2017, another top receiver was a team need".

According to Schefter, New England began trade talks with L.A. after negotiations fell through with Cooks, who is owed $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract. So the Rams will have to decide how to handle both Cooks and Suh becoming free agents next year, while likely wanting to negotiate an extension with Aaron Donald. New England gave up pick 32 and $781,000 in salary for one season. Rumors are rampant that there is friction between him and Rob Gronkowski and the star tight end might be traded, as well. General manager Les Snead has acquired Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Cooks via trade this offseason. But it wasn't until a chance meeting between Belichick and Rams head coach Sean McVay that a deal started to materialize.

Another team to consider for Beckham is the 49ers, who hold the No. 9 pick that might entice the Giants.

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Belichick's recent trade for Cordarelle Patterson provided another burner who, although far inferior to Cooks as a receiver, can juice up gadget plays and run clear-outs in addition to enhancing the return game.

The reason the Patriots traded Cooks was because they weren't going to be able to re-sign him next offseason.

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