By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Brandin Cooks has agreed to a five-year extension with the Los Angeles Rams that will pay him up to $80 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the details of the contract on Tuesday.
For the New England Patriots, it's a sigh of relief that they were able to extract real value for Cooks this offseason. Because they were never going to offer a contract with an AAV anywhere near $16 million. Instead, they shipped him off to a team willing to pay him in exchange for the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 draft, which they used to select Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.
Cooks has averaged 76 catches, 1,131 yards, and eight touchdowns in the past three seasons, the last of which was spent with New England. He peaked as a Patriot with a clutch performance in the 2017 AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching six passes for 100 yards. That included two catches for 36 yards in the fourth quarter to help spur Tom Brady's offensive surge that sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Now, it appears that he will be a major part of the Rams offense moving forward. With Sammy Watkins gone for Kansas City, Cooks is easily the lead dog at receiver for L.A. and has a good chance to be Jared Goff's top target in the passing game. Between him and running back Todd Gurley, the Rams offense will be one of the most explosive in the league.
The Patriots, meanwhile, have a lot of depth but not much in the way of high-end talent at receiver. The hope is that Wynn pans out and turns the trade into a worthwhile deal. Either way, Cooks just got paid the kind of cash he was clearly not going to get in Foxboro.
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