The Los Angeles Rams extended receiver Brandin Cooks on Tuesday. He is now one of the top paid receivers in the league after signing the five-year, $80 million extension.
The Rams traded their 2018 first round pick and 2018 sixth round selection to acquire Cooks from the New England Patriots this past offseason. He is expected to take the role left by Sammy Watkins after he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. Cooks is only 24 and already has 27 receiving touchdowns and just under 4,000 receiving yards for his career.
Cooks has yet to play a snap with the Rams, showing that the front office and Sean McVay are confident in what they have seen from Cooks this offseason. With Cooks’ vertical threat abilities, the rest of the field is open for playmakers like Cooper Kupp.
With Cooks locked in for the future, the Rams can continue to focus on resigning reigning DPOY Aaron Donald and safety Lamarcus Joyner. Monday was the deadline for the Rams and Joyner to sign a contract, meaning that he will play on the franchise tag. This could also be detrimental in contract negotiations with Donald, who has been looking for a new contract for the past two seasons. Seeing a newly acquired player get a hefty contract before him could strike a nerve with the defensive tackle. However, this could also mean that the Rams are close on a Donald extension if they were willing to lock up Cooks.
The Rams have many young star players that will be looking for new contracts in the upcoming seasons. Executives Les Snead and Kevin Demoff have struggled to retain home grown talent. Hopefully, this is a turn in the right direction.