Rams Extend Brandin Cooks

May 21, 2018; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks (12) catches a pass as cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) defends during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today the Los Angeles Rams announced they have agreed to a five-year extension with newly acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the extension will also be worth $80 million, with it being unknown how much of that money will be guaranteed.

In case you don’t remember, the Rams got Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for their 2018 first-round pick and sixth-round pick.

In his career, Cooks has played in 58 regular season games in four seasons and has posted seasons of at least 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons and his lowest touchdown total for a season in that span was seven (last year). He averages 14.1 yards per catch during his career and as mentioned has shown an ability to also catch touchdowns while being a big-play threat.

There’s a narrative that he had a down season in New England last season and while that’s maybe true based on what the expectations of him were going into last season in New England, he still put up over 1,000 yards and had seven touchdowns. The one thing that was concerning though was his catch percentage dropped from being in the mid-60s the previous two seasons to being only 57% last year. I think he’ll be just fine though and playing in Sean McVay’s offense should work out pretty well.

About the deal, Rams coach Sean McVay had this to say: “Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team. He’s a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We’re excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023.”

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