Rams say they've had their eye on Brandin Cooks for a while

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Their off-seasons are often filled with many transactions through free agency and trading with other teams.

There were reports that the #New England Patriots traded wide receiver #Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams because they want to acquire star wideout [VIDEO]Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.

There have been countless stories of National Football League players finding out they've been traded via ESPN or Twitter rather than hearing first hand from their now-former club that they've been dealt.

"I'm hard-pressed to remember a player that's got so many positive things said about him from different people he's been exposed to", McVay said. They previously traded for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, then signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. However, the Patriots added Cooks to a team that was coming off a Super Bowl victory. He finished the season with 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, filling in well in Josh McDaniels offense in year one.

Cooks had the benefit of catching passes from Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

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Cooks was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots on Tuesday. If they wanted to, the Patriots could even package their picks to move into the top ten of the draft, possibly to take a quarterback that could be ready to replace Brady once he retires. He played in all 16 games. Cooks was only responsible for 23 of those yards after taking a monster hit from safety Malcolm Jenkins, ultimately ending his day with a concussion.

Cooks did have to playfully bat down one rumor that had already excited Rams fans: Although he has met Goff several times, and although they share the same agent, they haven't already had throwing sessions before the trade. Last season, Los Angeles traded a second round pick to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "And I do think that, I'm not sure that this was true, but New England had a first-round pick, we didn't".

At the very least, amidst all the Rob Gronkowski uncertainty, most believed that the Patriots would ride into next season with Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman, who is now returning from a torn ACL. However, when looking at the potential surrounding Cooks in this offense, it looks like things worked out even better than expected for Sean McVay's squad.

Cooks, now with his third team in as many years, expressed respect for Belichick and the way the Patriots handled his trade.

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