The Los Angeles Rams signed newly-acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks to a 5-year contract extension on Tuesday, July 17. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $80 million and ties Cooks to the Rams for a total of six years at $88 million overall.
The Rams acquired Cooks from the New England Patriots for their 2018 first round pick (No. 23) and a sixth round pick in April. Cooks’s extension ensures that the team will not lose another high-level wide receiver in the offseason.
The former Oregon State standout spent his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints before last year’s trade to New England. He caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdown with the Patriots in 2018. Overall, Cooks has recorded 280 for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns during his first four years in the NFL.
Rams general manager Les Snead knew that he needed to keep Cooks after trading away a high draft for a receiver in two consecutive years. Snead and the coaching staff exhibited interest in Cook during the 2017 offseason, but the Rams did not go after him.
Several reports have noted that Cooks has done will in practice thus far with the Rams, which is likely why the team felt comfortable signing him long-term.