The recently traded Brandin Cooks has inked a 5-year extension with the Los Angeles Rams despite not playing in a game for them yet.
The deal is reportedly worth $80 million dollars, bringing his total deal with the Rams to 6-years, $88 million dollars. That comes out to be an average annual value of $14.6 million. Many believed that the Patriots traded him because they knew they would not be able to offer him what he was worth, which is probably true.
There’s no question Cooks has been a very productive receiver while in the NFL. He’s been in the league for four years and has had three straight seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards. In that same three-year span, he’s caught 24 touchdowns. If you’re unfamiliar with NFL stats, eight receiving touchdowns per year in the league is pretty good. While only standing at 5’10”, he clearly poses a huge threat to defenses mainly due to his elite speed out wide.
According to an article on The Ringer, this is the first step in trying to secure the Rams “core.” I put that in quotations because I’m not sure if you can include someone as a core player who hasn’t suited up for you yet.
The Rams are still trying to reach a deal with Aaron Donald as well. Some thought that Donald would be the main priority, but clearly they are negotiating with others as well. However, according to ProFootballTalk, “Aaron Donald expects a deal before camp starts.” Newly acquired star cornerback Marcus Peters will also be due for an extension soon.
This deal with Brandin Cooks locks him up with the Rams through 2023. There’s no doubt Jared Goff has just gained a valuable receiving weapon to throw to.
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