New England Patriots: Trading Brandin Cooks makes sense

New England Patriots: Trading Brandin Cooks makes sense

Of course, there is a door No. 3 for the Patriots to walk down in an effort to win as much as possible before NFL MVP Tom Brady is ready to hang up his cleats: Trade for Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

- The Patriots have a lot of picks and a ton of flexibility in the draft. But it's very obvious the Patriots are capable of inserting themselves into the quarterback discussion when draft day rolls around. The current Patriots receiver corps is Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcom Mitchell, Kenny Britt, and Cordarrelle Patterson.

It would be easy to question Beckham's fit with the Patriots, but Belichick doesn't shy away from strong personalities (remember Randy Moss?) and could be one of the few coaches in the league who could properly motivate the three-time Pro Bowler.

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The Rams are in a hurry to leverage the relatively low financial cost of young quarterback Jared Goff into their first Super Bowl victory as an L.A. -based franchise. With another first-round pick in their arsenal, the Patriots will certainly be a team to watch leading up to the draft, as they could go in multiple directions. He can snag a new left tackle, another wide receiver, and most importantly, a quarterback for the future.

With seven picks, and four of them coming in the first 63 selections, Bill Belichick has plenty of wiggle room to maneuver the draft however he wants.

Do not fool yourself into believing the Patriots won't take a quarterback: they took Jimmy G high previously in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it looked like the timing for drafting and developing him was going to work out perfectly with the end of Brady's career.

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With the Patriots dealing Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday, the team saved around $8 million against the cap for 2018, which now has their cap number over $14 million. His receiving stats were second on the defending AFC champions' roster only to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who barely topped Cooks in all three categories. General manager Les Snead has acquired Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Cooks via trade this offseason.

Then again, the departure of Cooks means Julian Edelman, coming off a torn ACL, is now Brady's No. 1 weapon, and the MVP's lifeline, Danny Amendola, has also left this offseason. 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.

The reason the Patriots traded Cooks was because they weren't going to be able to re-sign him next offseason.

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The chance to team up with Landry once again might be enough to make OBJ forget about the fact that the Browns have won just one game over the past two seasons and sign an extension.

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