The Patriots are moving on from Brandin Cooks after one season. They’re trading the wideout to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd overall pick in this month’s draft, plus swapping a fourth-rounder for a sixth.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first had the news on Tuesday, later adding that the Cooks trade means the Patriots won’t be trading Rob Gronkowski, despite recent speculation.
Cooks finished his only season with the Patriots catching 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. He most notably made six catches for 100 yards in the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With the trade, the Patriots recoup the first-round pick originally traded to acquire Cooks from the New Orleans Saints. They move up from 32nd to 23rd in the process.
Here are the Patriots’ full arsenal of picks after the Cooks trade for the 2018 draft, which kicks off on April 26 at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium:
— 2 first-round picks (23, 31)
— 2 second-round picks (43, 63)
— 1 third-round pick (95)
— 2 sixth-round picks (198, 210)
— 1 seventh-round pick (219)
The Patriots also save about $8.5 million in both salary and cap space by trading Cooks. At receiver, they still have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater, Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Reedy, Cody Hollister, and Riley McCarron under contract for 2018.