In the aftermath of any trade, reporters try to find sides of the story. Sometimes, as in the case of Brandin Cooks, it’s blatantly obvious which side was spoken to.
Tuesday, the New England Patriots executed a deal sending the speedy wideout and a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for first- and sixth-round selections in the 2018 NFL draft.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media shared that the Patriots didn’t view Cooks as a No. 1 receiver, Tom Brady isn’t sad about the move and Cooks wasn’t a great fit.
The simple truth? That’s not the whole story.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted New England attempted to sign Cooks to an extension earlier in the offseason. Once it became apparent he wouldn’t sign, the Patriots wisely decided to use their leverage and acquire excellent compensation in return.
New England didn’t want to lose a player of Cooks’ caliber for nothing, so it didn’t. That’s good business. And yes, having Tom Brady makes it easier to trade someone who has three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
But if Cooks wasn’t a great fit, the Patriots certainly wouldn’t have tried to discuss an extension, either.