Brandin Cooks not worried about a long-term deal with Rams
The Los Angeles Rams formally introduced their latest addition this offseason in veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks on Thursday morning. There was an array of topics discussed with Cooks about what he can bring to the team and his previous stops in the league.
One of the matters that was addressed was his contract situation as he heads into the fifth-year option of his rookie deal worth $8.5 million for the 2018 season. He is on pace to potentially hit the open market next March, but the 24-year-old voiced little concern about his long-term future with the Rams at this point in time, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.
Brandin Cooks, on figuring out a long-term deal with the Rams: "It's one of those things. You think about it. It'd be an extreme blessing to be here for the long haul and come here, being with a special group of guys. At the end of the day, it's not something that I'm pressing."
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 5, 2018
In line with that, there have already been reports that the team is looking to get a new extension worked out with Cooks at some point this offseason.The team has some significant interest in making him a long-term piece of the puzzle as evident by their willingness to part ways with a first-round pick for him, coupled with the previous pursuit of him last year when he was still a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Keep in mind, the team also expressed interest in bringing aboard New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but the price tag on trade offers and expected contract negotiations were too high for their preference. Cooks should fetch a lucrative deal, but it shouldn’t be in the ballpark of the recording-breaking deal that Beckham Jr. is hoping to land.
Cooks is a uniquely talented player that could step into a prominent role in the passing game from the get-go. He is a legitimate deep-ball threat that can stretch the field with his speed and big-play ability. It was something that the team lacked following the departure of Sammy Watkins.