Rams GM says Los Angeles wants Brandin Cooks ‘around for a long time’
Among the major offseason moves that the Los Angeles Rams made over this offseason was the acquisition of veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade with the New England Patriots. His arrival adds a proven talent to the offensive side of the ball that could be a huge factor in the passing game next season.
However, his pending contract situation has become a major topic of discussion, as he is in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal that is worth rough $8.4 million for the 2018 campaign. Since acquiring Cooks, the Rams have remained firm on working out a new extension, which is something general manager Les Snead once again aired during an interview with Adam Schein of Mad Dog Sports Radio. (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk)
“We’ve been in discussions with his agents and they’re well aware we want to get something done,” Snead said. “We do think he’s a perfect fit for us. We want to make sure that he’s around, and around for a long time. We also have some other contracts we need to deal with over the next month, two months.”
It is no secret that Los Angeles is hoping to keep Cooks with the team for the long haul, solely based on their long pursuit of him that dates back to last offseason. Keep in mind, the Rams also gave up their 2018 first-round selection to land Cooks last month.
Cooks has plenty to offer on the table as one of two players currently in the league, along with Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown, to have an active streak of three straight years with at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. He should immediately step into the offense as a primary aerial weapon, quickly filling the void left by Sammy Watkins’ departure.