How Patriots' acquisition of a another first-round pick could impact Bills

Patriots trade Brandin Cooks to the Rams for 1st round pick. Why this makes sense for both teams.

Per a source informed of the situation, Rapoport reported that the 41-year-old Brady had no qualms with the decision for the Patriots to send speedy receiver Brandin Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick (No. 136 overall) to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. This move could indicate that the Patriots may draft a wide receiver in the draft later this month.

With that said, Bill Belichick has consistently praised Cooks during his tenure in New England, particularly with his consistent effort in practice.

The two sides couldn't come to an agreement and the Patriots traded the former Oregon State star wide receiver to the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday afternoon.

The Rams, in search of a deep threat to replace Sammy Watkins, had contacted the New York Giants about possibly trading for Odell Beckham Jr. Schefter tweeted that the Patriots would be sending Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams along with a fourth-round pick.

Also, the 23 pick allows New England, if it so desires, to select in the top-25 for the first time since 2012.

There's more fallout from the L.A. side of things, but for the Patriots this answers a couple of of questions, while raising at least one big question about the future of the quarterback position in New England.

In his one season in New England, Cooks had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. 23, 31, 43 and 63, to move up in the first round and potentially draft Tom Brady's successor.

Cooks was entering the final year of his contract, and the Patriots had exercised the fifth-year option on Cooks rookie contract, which will pay him $8.4 million in 2018.

With that in mind, it makes flawless sense for New England to plan ahead and it secured two more draft picks by trading Cooks to L.A. The five-time Super Bowl winners now have picks number 23 and 31 in the first round, number 43 and 63 in the second round, a third-round pick and two-sixth rounders and a seventh-round pick.

National Football League draft intrigue: The first night of the draft will be even more interesting with the Patriots holding two first-round picks.

The failed contract talks coincided with discussions of a trade with the Rams during the offseason.

They don't have a pick in the first two rounds of this year's draft, they don't have any real wiggle room underneath the salary cap, and they don't have much certainty at three of their four linebacker spots. He's been all about mobile quarterbacks the last few years - Tim Tebow love affair, dabbling with Johnny Football, drafting Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett before dealing them both. This individual is convinced that this Cooks trade was a mere cog in the overall machine and a piece that will end up with one of the top three-or-four rated passers in this draft landing in New England. With the reigning NFC West champions trying to fill a need and continuing to be aggressive in the trade market to assemble a win-now roster, the Patriots likely saw an opportunity to extract maximum value for Cooks.