Tom Brady: Not bothered by Cooks trade

Cooks is set to make $8.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his rookie deal, and the Rams will need to pay up to retain his services next season. For a great young quarterback in Jared Goff, adding Cooks will certainly help him replicate his strong season. The only safe prediction here is that Belichick won't stand pat, as he has plenty of assets to move up and down the draft board.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted on Wednesday that Brady is "not sad" about the Patriots' decision to trade Cooks to the Rams. The talent man of the Los Angeles Ram is unafraid to make a deal and cooked one up this week with Belichick.

The draft picks include the number 43 overall pick, which the Patriots received from the San Francisco 49ers in the trade that took Jimmy Garoppolo to California. New England is giving a fourth-round choice to the Rams.

With Cooks gone, the Patriots have a hole at receiver. The Rams had previously been rumored to possibly wanting to trade for New York York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the last few weeks.

Cooks, 24, is coming off a very productive in his first - and only - season with the Patriots in 2017.

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He was acquired 13 months ago by New England for a first-rounder and other picks, and made 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns in his lone season with the Patriots. And early reports suggest the Giants, who insist Beckham is not on the market, would ask for at least two first-round picks to start negotiations.

New England now possesses two first-round picks (23 and 31) and two second-round picks (34, 63) in the 2018 draft. He could command around $14 million per year or more, which a figure the Patriots likely wouldn't feel comfortable paying.

National Football League draft intrigue: The first night of the draft will be even more interesting with the Patriots holding two first-round picks. The difference in draft capital between the Bills and Patriots is the equivalent of an extra first-round pick on the various draft value charts. The current Patriots receiver corps is Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcom Mitchell, Kenny Britt, and Cordarrelle Patterson. This individual is convinced that this Cooks trade was a mere cog in the overall machine and a piece that will end up with one of the top three-or-four rated passers in this draft landing in New England.

The Saints' first-rounder in 2014, Cooks can absolutely fly and brings the speed element that the Rams lost in free agency when Sammy Watkins signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • Tabitha Byrd