Patriots Trade Cooks to Rams for 1st Round Draft Pick

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


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Brandin Cooks

The New England Patriots have traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first and sixth-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Patriots and Rams have discussed a potential Brandin Cooks trade for over a month, before Rams and Giants discussed a potential Odell Beckham Jr. trade. Rams like this situation better,” wrote Schefter on Twitter.

Schefter adds that the Patriots are “now armed with double 1’s, double 2’s and in prime position to move up in the draft and select a QB if it so chooses.”

Cooks was in the final year of his contract and was due $8.5 million this season.

Cooks With Patriots

Cooks came to the Patriots in March of 2017 via a trade with the New Orleans Saints.

New England gave up the 32nd overall pick and the 103rd overall pick in the deal. 

In one season with New England, Cooks hauled in 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.

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

Wide Receiver Depth

The Patriots receiver depth chart now includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt and Malcolm Mitchell, with Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

Both Edelman and Mitchell are returning from injuries that forced them to miss the entire 2017-18 season.


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Gisele Caroline Bündchen — According to press reports, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen tried to convince her husband to retire from football during this past offseason.  After watching Gronk’s concussion in the AFC Championship and then Brandin Cook’s head injury in the Super Bowl, the pressure on Brady will only increase.

According to Sports Illustrated, Bündchen did it by trying to get Brady’s college teammate and friend Jay Feely to help her during a vacation this past spring.

Feely, a retired NFL kicker, told Sports Illustrated, “She was trying to get me to convince Tom to stop playing. She was dead serious.”

Feely says that he told Brady to "play as long as you can."

This news comes after Bündchen said in a May interview with CBS that Brady had suffered unreported concussions.

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Emily Kelly — A New York Times opinion piece this past week titled, “I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind. He chose the sport, but he did not choose brain damage,” is a big impact story.

The piece was written by Emily Kelly. She wrote, “My husband, Rob Kelly, is a retired N.F.L. player. After five seasons as a safety beginning in the late 1990s, four with the New Orleans Saints and one with the New England Patriots, he sustained an injury to a nerve between his neck and shoulder during training camp that ended his career. By the time he retired in 2002 at 28, he had been playing tackle football for about two decades. Rob had no idea, however, that all those years of playing would have such serious consequences.

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Gronk's Future

Rob Gronkowski may retire. "I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."

It is harder to sleep soundly when you don't have your security blanket.


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