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Les Snead explains why Rams didn’t land Brandin Cooks in trade last year

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The Los Angeles Rams made the major move earlier this week to acquire veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks to their promising young roster. The front office had been eyeballing the chance to add Cooks for quite some time, dating back to last offseason when he was still a member of the New Orleans Saints.

In fact, the Rams made offers to the Saints in hopes of landing the 24-year-old, but the team wound up moving him to the Patriots. General manager Les Snead revealed during Cooks’ introductory press on Thursday morning that he believes that failed effort came down to New England possessing a first-round pick, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.

The Rams, GM Les Snead said, have been trying to land Brandin Cooks since the 2017 combine. They were trying to get him from the Saints then, but the Patriots got him. “They had a first-round pick, we didn’t.”

In the end, the Saints decided to take the trade package from the Patriots that saw them acquire a 2017 first-round and third-round draft picks. Meanwhile, the Rams reportedly offered up veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson, but that clearly did not prove to be enough.

It is quite evident that Los Angeles has plenty of interest to make Cooks a long-term piece of the puzzle given the previous pursuit of him that ultimately led to them landing him this offseason. He is a uniquely talented wide receiver that has shown he can be a legitimate deep-ball threat with big-play ability.

He should quickly fit into the offense in the role that Sammy Watkins had, and he can go a step further than his predecessor did last year. Simply put, there is plenty of opportunity for him to ingrain himself with the Rams as a long-term piece of the puzzle as a cornerstone part of their passing game.