But that proved to be just a one-year rental, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots flipped the receiver for the same return by trading him to the Los Angeles Rams for a first-round pick and a swap of third day selections.
Watkins was in the same contractual situation when the Rams acquired him from Buffalo during training camp past year, and he parlayed a solid season in Los Angeles into an enormous contract elsewhere.
The Cooks' acquisition is part of an aggressive offseason for the Rams in which they had previously added Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The Patriots nearly certainly won't trade into the top-five, but they could move into the top 15 if they're in love with one of the many QB prospects in the draft. In addition to that, he is also an upgrade over Watkins.
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Either way, the Patriots made a shrewd move dealing Cooks.
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Cooks, 24, was a first-round selection for New Orleans Saints in 2014 and quickly emerged as one of the NFL's most unsafe deep threats. They owned No. 31 overall as an original pick and now have No. 23.
Cooks is scheduled to earn about $8.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. 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.
With five picks in the first three rounds, the Patriots now have a chance to re-shape their roster with some top young talent.
Though Watkins had only 39 catches a year ago, the August trade with Buffalo didn't land him with the Rams until training camp was done.
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With his considerable speed - Cooks ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine back in 2014 - Cooks likely slots in as Los Angeles' vertical threat, helping to offset the loss of wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency.