RUMORS: Rams receiving ‘a lot’ of trade calls for Brandin Cooks
Another offensive star could be on his way out of Los Angeles. After releasing All-Pro running back Todd Gurley on Thursday, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks could be traded by the time next season starts.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, “the Rams didn’t call people on Brandin Cooks but they certainly did receive calls.”
However, fans should take the news with a grain of salt, as Rich Hammond of The Athletic reiterates,the Rams have not been openly shopping the 26-year-old wideout. However, they have certainly gotten calls about him as a possible trade chip.
Considering the Rams are Cooks’ third team in the last four seasons, the former first-round pick might be used to a bit of turnover.
Last season, the 2013 Biletnekoff Award winner regressed after a strong start to his Rams career in 2018. Recording 42 catches for 583 yards and just two touchdowns in 14 games, Cooks’ impact for Los Angeles was strongly diminished from the team that made the Super Bowl the year prior.
However, the 5-foot-10 pass-catcher has notched four 1,000-yard seasons in his six-year NFL career and still has the potential to be a game-changing weapon at receiver.
If Cooks were to find his way out of Los Angeles, the Rams would likely still be in a good spot with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods — both of whom surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season. The teams’ tight end duo of Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett combined for 1,142 yards and five touchdowns and would likely receive more targets with Cooks gone.
However, the Rams would also have to eat $17.8 million in dead cap if they traded the speedy wideout, which may make him difficult to trade.