Patriots trade Brandin Cooks to Rams

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The New England Patriots have traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd overall pick and a sixth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Rams announced Tuesday.

Cooks spent just one season in New England after being acquired from the New Orleans Saints last year. The Patriots gave up the 32nd pick and a late third-rounder a year ago to land Cooks and a fourth-rounder.

In his lone campaign with the Patriots, the speedy Cooks racked up 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He's eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in three straight seasons, and is one of the game's most effective deep threats.

Cooks is entering his fifth NFL campaign, but won't turn 25 until September. He's scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season, barring an extension.

For the Rams, the deal gives them a new downfield weapon for quarterback Jared Goff, and presumably takes them out of the running for any potential trade involving New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

On the other side, the Patriots now hold four of the top 63 draft picks, giving them the ammunition required to trade up if they so choose.

Patriots trade Brandin Cooks to Rams
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