Patriots have options with money saved following Brandin Cooks trade

Receiver Brandin Cooks was traded from the Patriots to the Rams the second straight offseason in which he has been traded

Also, for fans who thought that maybe an offensive lineman, one who might push some of the age at center or tackle, is also gone.

Los Angeles won't pick until the third round with the 87th overall selection.

Washington caught 39 touchdown passes and averaged 19.8 yards per catch over his four seasons in Stillwater, teaming up with fellow draft prospect Mason Rudolph to form one of the nation's most prolific quarterback-receiver duos. The now-former Pats receiver apparently wasn't seen as a "true No. 1" in New England, and "wasn't a great fit" for their Brady-led offense. There were rumors that Rob Gronkowski could be on the trading block, but that appears even more unlikely now that the Patriots are down a weapon.

Cooks' clear chemistry with Brady makes the trade fairly surprising for New England, particularly after the recent departure of another favorite Brady target, Danny Amendola, who signed with the Dolphins.

As for which players New England might be after this time around?

Cooks was entering the final year of his contract, however, and there were rumblings that Bill Belichick wouldn't want to pay the speedster big cash.




The Patriots now have a chance to really shake up the first round and ruin their rivals' chances at quarterbacks in the process.

New England has acquired another pick in the upcoming draft by moving one of their receivers. Selected No. 20 overall in 2014, Cooks spent the first three years of his career in New Orleans before being traded to New England last offseason.

But the defending NFC West champion Rams made an aggressive offer to secure a potential No. 1 receiver and proven deep threat just three weeks after the departure of Sammy Watkins, who got a three-year, $48 million deal from the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. In those deals, the Rams gave up this year's first- and second-round pick and next year's second-round pick, their intentions crystal clear: They'll try to build a dominant team now and worry about the rest later. If the team could move up to the early to mid first round, they could be looking at guys like Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, or Mason Rudolph. However, his year ended on a low note went he was knocked out of Super Bowl LII with a concussion in the first half.

They also lose a pick in the sixth-round. Peters and Cooks are in a different category because they are nearing the end of their rookie deals.

Cooks will play a similar role to Watkins, stretching the field vertically to free up the likes of Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley.

If anyone thought the Rams were done adding star players, think again.

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