The Los Angeles Rams announced a 5-year contract for former New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Rams acquired Cooks and a fourth round pick from the Patriots in exchange for first and sixth round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Patriots used that first round pick on offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.
Cooks was a fantastic wide receiver during his one year with the Patriots in 2017, recording one of the best seasons for a receiver under head coach Bill Belichick. He was a dominant deep ball threat, but never really developed into a short-area receiver that many thought possible when the Patriots acquired Cooks from the New Orleans Saints.
Wide receivers around the league are receiving massive deals and the Patriots recognized they were not going to be able to retain Cooks on a long-term deal and opted to trade him instead of keep him during the 2018 NFL season. I’m curious to see what the Rams will pay the speedy receiver; I’m guessing he’ll make $14-16 million per year.
Rams are giving WR Brandin Cooks a five-year extension worth $80 million, tying him to LA for six years at $88 million, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2018
Whew. That’s a lot of money. $16 million per year ties Cooks with Sammy Watkins as the 5th-highest paid wide receiver in the league, which just really emphasizes why the Patriots made the right call by trading Cooks when they had the chance.
When you combine Cooks’ current contract and his additional $80 million in new money, Cooks is staying with the Rams for $14.67 million per year, which is the 7th-most for a wide receiver.