What Patriots' Brandin Cooks trade could mean for the Buffalo Bills

What Patriots' Brandin Cooks trade could mean for the Buffalo Bills

Cooks had 16 receptions on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last season, tied with DeAndre Hopkins for most in the NFL. In addition to that, he is also an upgrade over Watkins.

When the Patriots sent the 32nd overall pick in last year's draft to acquire Cooks from the New Orleans Saints, they likely did so with the intention of keeping him for at least two seasons on the tail end of his rookie contract - including the fifth-year option for 2018 that will pay him almost $8.5 million.

The 23rd overall pick will be the Patriots' highest in the draft since 2012, when they selected Chandler Jones 21st overall.

Gronkowski has yet to confirm his plans to return to New England, after expressing some uncertainty following Super Bowl LII.

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. He's unlikely to move.

Bill Belichick now has two first- and second-round picks in the upcoming draft after trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday.

Rather bizarrely for such a talented player, he's now on his third team in as many seasons, after joining the Pats from New Orleans in 2017.

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Cooks is set to make $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract. Cooks had 1,000 yards in his only season with the Patriots after he was acquired in a trade with the Saints. The Browns, Giants, Jets, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, and Cardinals all need upgrades at the quarterback position, and all are now slotted ahead of New England, so Belichick will certainly need to part with multiple assets to make a deal work.

It's impossible to escape the speculation that the Cooks trade is potentially a precursor to a trade for Beckham.

The actual details of any Beckham deal are tough anyway, because he basically requires a top-of-the-market deal for a wide receiver sight unseen.

As long as the Patriots have Gronkowski, Edelman, Chris Hogan, and James White healthy, Brady and the offense will probably be just fine.

Tuesday's trade by the Los Angeles Rams has been yet another move made by the NFC team during their busy offseason.

Another team to consider for Beckham is the 49ers, who hold the No. 9 pick that might entice the Giants. The latest move was said to help out their offense, providing a "big threat" option for the team.

The Los Angeles Chargers: The Rams' roommates in 2020 are going to have an even harder time gaining traction in their new city with the Rams soaking up so much of the oxygen.

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