The Los Angeles Rams continue to vigorously arm themselves and have caught wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. To what extent is Odell Beckham Jr. involved in this deal?

The offseason of the Los Angeles Rams remains a big exclamation point! After the obligations of the cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters as well as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh comes via trade now also wide receiver Brandin Cooks (plus a fourth round draft pick) from New England. In return, the Patriots receive a first and six-round pick.

Cooks was the top target of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last season with 65 trapped passes (1,082 yards, 7 touchdowns). The soon to be 41-year-old is one of the losers of this trade, because for Brady it will be even harder in the coming season, after New England has also drawn Danny Amendola (Miami Dolphins). After all, Julian Edelman returns to Kreubandriss – and Rob Gronkowski has his career end thoughts pushed back for the first time.

Patriots own four of the first 63 draft picks

Cooks’ rookie contract would have expired this summer, then the Patriots would probably have to dig deep into the bag. Head coach Bill Belichick & Co. is spared the trade, but questions remain as to what the vice-champion’s future should be. One thing is clear: the Patriots can be upgraded with two first-round picks in the upcoming draft and a total of four of the first 63 picks. One thing is for sure: Given the advancing age of Brady, the franchise quarterback of the future must be gradually found.

On the other hand, the Rams for Cooks have reached deep into their pockets and have now made both the first and the second round pick. But the squad of coach Sean McVay is becoming more spectacular; After the three crackers for the defense of the young quarterback Jared Goff has again received a new weapon for the offense.
Beckham wants to get paid – only where?

On the other hand, the future of Odell Beckham Junior remains exciting. The star receiver, who had missed most of last season due to injury, is pushing for a hefty contract – whether at the New York Giants or elsewhere. His adopted home, Los Angeles, where Beckham has spent the entire offseason so far, will not be anymore after the Cooks trade.

Giants owner John Mara recently emphasized that “no player is untouchable after a 3:13 season.” The price for a Beckham customer would have it but probably: New York calls allegedly two first-round picks for its top receiver. Picks New England would have now …


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