Pats deal WR Cooks to Rams

Pats deal WR Cooks to Rams

The more likely possibility that has been floated is the Patriots using some combination of those four picks, which are Nos.

What exactly Bill Belichick plans to do is left to be determined and could be revealed as late as draft day.

After losing Sammy Watkins in free agency, it became apparent that Snead wasn't intent with drafting a young receiver. Based on what receivers Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson earned on the open market this year, that could have been a hard contract for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to swallow.

As long as the Patriots have Gronkowski, Edelman, Chris Hogan, and James White healthy, Brady and the offense will probably be just fine. This was Cooks' third straight season as a 1,000-yard receiver, as he has proven that he is one of the best in the league.

The Patriots are loading up for a run at Odell Beckham Jr. However, his year ended on a low note went he was knocked out of Super Bowl LII with a concussion in the first half.

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The last time the Patriots had two first-round picks, they moved up to select Chandler Jones (No. 21 overall) and Dont'a Hightower (No. 25) in 2012 to reshape their defense.

The market for wide receivers has skyrocketed this offseason. New England gave up pick 32 and $781,000 in salary for one season. If Gronkowski is traded, which seems far less likely now that Cooks is gone, the supporting cast on offense could begin to look decidedly lacking. The departure of Cooks means that the wide receiver group could use an addition.

Now in 2018, with Cooks due $8.5 million on the fifth-year option from his rookie deal, they now sit at 23 in the first round of 2018. Other moves have included the signing of defensive players Ndamukong Suh and Sam Shields as well as trades for the Denver Broncos' Aqib Talib and Kansas City Chiefs' Marcus Peters. And despite various reports to the contract, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants and Rams never once entered "serious negotiations" about a Beckham trade. When Belichick and Rams coach Sean McVay attend the same coaching clinic in Georgia on Monday, the two teams were able to advance the discussion surrounding Cooks before ultimately coming to an agreement on Tuesday night. Yet the Rams don't appear to regret the trade, even though Watkins was their fourth-leading receiver with 39 catches, because he excelled in the red zone with eight TD grabs and provided a deep threat that had to be respected by opponents.

Then again, the departure of Cooks means Julian Edelman, coming off a torn ACL, is now Brady's No. 1 weapon, and the MVP's lifeline, Danny Amendola, has also left this offseason.

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