Rams trade for Brandin Cooks | Out of Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes, but Patriots in?

The Rams got their playmaking wide receiver to become a Super Bowl contender.And his name is not Odell Beckham Jr.The Rams acquired Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick and a sixth-round pick, according to multiple reports.It means the Rams are out of the running to acquire Beckham … if the non-committal Giants even decide to trade him. The Rams showed interest in Cooks before the Beckham buzz took on a life of its own last week at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.What would an Odell Beckham Jr. contract extension look like?The Giants reportedly want two first-round picks but might consider a first-round pick and a second- or third-round pick for Beckham, but that is nothing close to what the Patriots received for Cooks. Here is a look at the return in other notable wide receiver trades.The Rams are the only team identified as in hot in pursuit of Beckham, but various reports have mentioned other teams have called the Giants to gauge interest in a trade. The offers seem to be less than desirable.Of course, the trade begs the questions: Who will be quarterback Tom Brady’s No. 1 receiver without Cooks and the recently departed Danny Amendola? Cooks had 1,000 yards in his only season with the Patriots after he was acquired in a trade with the Saints.Patriots’ coach and executive Bill Belichick now has two first-round picks — No. 23 and No. 31 — and two second-round picks to find the right combination to offer the Giants for Beckham if he so chooses. The Patriots also could be looking to draft Brady’s successor.

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