In exchange, the Patriots received the Rams' first-round and sixth-round picks and while the deal makes sense for both franchises, the reasons behind the trade are likely to be heavily scrutinized, particularly in New England.
According to ESPN, the Patriots attempted to re-sign Cooks before talks broke off, and the Rams now will continue those talks with the intent to sign Cooks to a long-term deal.
Watkins also indirectly factors into the Cooks trade in another way.
After weeks of rumors about the Rams' interest in acquiring star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, they managed to find another elite talent at the position. Los Angeles sent a second-round pick past year to the Bills for Watkins, who was a season away from free agency, then watched him sign a large contract last month with the Chiefs. While the asking price for Cooks was also steep, the Rams apparently felt more comfortable giving up the assets for Cooks. Even if he's not a top-10 receiver, Cooks was a quality piece to the puzzle.
Of course, the trade begs the questions: Who will be quarterbackTom Brady's No. 1 receiver without Cooks and the recently departed Danny Amendola?
Brandin Cooks spent just one season with the Patriots after his first three came in New Orleans.
Cooks hauled in 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season and was sorely missed in the second half of the Super Bowl after being knocked out of the game with a suspected concussion.
Entering the final, fifth-year option of his rookie contract, Cooks was due for a massive extension this offseason or next.
After making four picks in 2017, Patriots loading up: The Patriots now have two first-round picks (23, 31), two second-rounders (43, 63), a third-rounder (95) and then two selections in the sixth round and one in the seventh.
This offseason, it has been no secret that the Rams were looking to add a wide receiver. The other three players include Talib and Peters, as well as free agent signee Ndamukong Suh.
The Patriots might be in the market to draft another quarterback in the early rounds this year after trading Brady's former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, to the San Francisco 49ers last season. The team still has a downfield threat in Chris Hogan, while Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are on track to return from knee injuries after missing all of 2017.
This has now been confirmed by Epic Games, and we've got details about how Vending Machines will work in Fortnite: Battle Royale . These older devices do not support Fortnite: iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus; iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, iPod Touch.
Britain could be facing another Pippa Middleton moment, which saw the Duchess of Cambridge's sister's bum beamed across the globe. The couple supposedly split in May 2016, two months before Markle was introduced to Prince Harry by a mutual friend .
Scientists were able to pinpoint at least 12 black hole binaries, where a black hole is siphoning material from a companion star. Scientists have suggested for decades that lots of stellar black holes are circling in the center of galaxies, including ours.
Nevertheless, a golden opportunity to put away the game in regulation was missed - but it didn't demoralize the Irish in overtime. The No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs advanced to the Women's Final Four Friday, beating the Louisville Cardinals 73-63.
The ICC had taken a lenient view of the incident and both the players were just fined and banned from one Test. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers.
Pope Francis called yesterday for an end to "carnage" in Syria and "reconciliation" in the Middle East in his Easter message. They included fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups, their families and other residents.
Earlier this week, the International Cricket Council announced it would ban Smith for one match and fine him all of his match fee. According to media reports, David Warner had a party with his external friends in the bar of team hotel.
By Wednesday's stock market close, Tesla's share price had plummeted to $258, its lowest level since last March. It is not clear whether the driver-assistance system equipped in Tesla's vehicles may have played in the crash.
Active Shooter Reported At YouTube HQ In San Bruno, Calif.
CBS reports that Stanford Health Care is "expecting 4-5 patients from [the YouTube] shooting", according to a hospital official. Police in San Bruno, Calif., say they are responding to an active shooter after reports of gunfire at YouTube headquarters.
Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky stage protests
The Oklahoma Education Association demanded $10,000 in raises for teachers over the next three years, KOKH-TV reported . Hundreds of Oklahoma schools also closed as educators headed to Oklahoma City to protest, according to The Oklahoman .
South Africa's 'Mother of the Nation,' dies at 81
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela transitioned early today in Johannesburg, South Africa after a brief doctor's visit over the weekend. Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born to a noble family of the Xhosa-speaking Pondo tribe in Transkei.
Surprise! Google May Make Its Own Smart Display
A new month and as we've come to expect from Google over the years, a new software update is out for the Pixel duo of 2017. In the U.S. , the Google Home Mini ships for $49 (around Rs. 3,200) and the Google Home ships for $129 (around Rs. 8,500).
Cardinals Drop Season Opener to Mets 9-4 in NY
But 21 year old rookie Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless seventh inning, that included his first Major League strikeout. But that's the beauty of Opening Day: every team can pretend otherwise.
Widow of gunman in Fla. attack is acquitted
Family spokeswoman Susan Clary said Salman's family "always thought that Noor was the first victim" of her husband, Omar Mateen . One of her uncles, seated in court behind her, stifled a sob as relatives held one another.
China space lab re-entry may be delayed
It all depends on when the space station re-enters Earth's atmosphere, and this can not be accurately predicted yet. "But there is a good chance that some parts will survive re-entry and fall towards the earth".
Ben Affleck Hits Back at New Yorker for Mocking His Tattoo
Even Matt Damon was forced to respond, when The Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked him about his best friend's interesting artwork. She writes that it relates to all of us in a way: "There is something about this exhausted father that reflexively induces panic.
The Basketball Hall of Fame announces the class of 2018
He also was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994 during his two seasons at California. Players were tuning Kidd out-or already had last season, according to one source with close ties to the team.