Patriots tried to re-sign Cooks before trading him to Rams

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

"It doesn't seem like the Patriots' way to accumulate all this draft capital and turn around and give it up for a wide receiver who is going to command $18-20 million [next season]". Let's ask and answer them. He isn't as dynamic as Odell Beckham Jr.

On Tuesday night, the National Football League rumors heated up with reports of a New England Patriots trade. With another pick at No. 31 overall, the Patriots are in good shape to find Tom Brady's eventual replacement. The Rams will also try to retain players acquired in trades, as well as the young talent already on the roster.

By keeping Cooks, the Patriots likely would've been looking at a lucrative contract extension or the franchise tag. And, now, an elite wide-receiver group for an offense that came alive under McVay last season. The Patriots aren't scared of personalities; Lord knows they had plenty of success with Randy Moss back in 2007. Coutee met with the Patriots - who've employed two notable Texas Tech slot receivers in the past - at the combine. The Rams emerged as the primary potential trade partner with the Giants for OBJ, but their asking price was likely too high. 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.

Unlikely! In fact, borderline impossible.

Yes. And this is the spicy part of all this. The last time the team had two first-round picks, Belichick coupled each with a later round pick in two separate deals so that he could trade up and draft Chandler Jones at 21st overall and Dont'a Hightower at 25th overall. 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 1st-round pick from the Rams is the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Now, there's still more to unpack here in terms of questions. "It would surprise me a little bit", Schefter said on "Get Up!".

Pats haters should groan if Belichick somehow lands quarterback Josh Rosen, whose pocket work with UCLA was more NFL-worthy than that of any other QB in his draft class. And they would land him.

Another option is trying to extend some of their own players before they enter their contract year.

The deal helps both teams in different ways.

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