Giants, Rams never had 'serious negotiations' about Odell Beckham

Giants, Rams never had 'serious negotiations' about Odell Beckham

Nope. This was one of the things that sprang immediately to mind when the Patriots secured a second first-round pick. History - recent and dating back to guys like Richard Seymour - has revealed that Belichick is rarely averse to dealing current players for future assets, and he could move another veteran plus the three picks the Patriots now hold between picks 23 and 43 to do so.

Having two first-round picks is unheard of in the Belichick era.

The Patriots will have Edelman back in the fold, with Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell (also coming off a season of knee issues), Kenny Britt, and newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson making up their depth chart, with Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister also there for some "break glass in case of emergency" insurance.

- The Patriots will not be trading for Odell Beckham Jr.

With that in mind, it makes flawless sense for New England to plan ahead and it secured two more draft picks by trading Cooks to L.A. The five-time Super Bowl winners now have picks number 23 and 31 in the first round, number 43 and 63 in the second round, a third-round pick and two-sixth rounders and a seventh-round pick. In the majority of Belichick and Brady's eight Super Bowl appearances, they competed with a wideout group similar, or inferior, to this one, so wide receiver doesn't exactly feel like a screaming need.

Cooks is set to make $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

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Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski: Cooks led the Patriots in targets last season. The Patriots will receive the Rams' first- and sixth-round draft picks.

The Rams acquired elite cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib last month, and they signed defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh last week to form a ferocious duo with AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

If a team trades for Beckham, they're also going to have the cap space needed to sign him to a long-term deal.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Rams were indeed interested in a deal for OBJ. And this also tells you that the Patriots had no intention of paying Cooks top receiver money after 2018, anyway. But it wasn't until a chance meeting between Belichick and Rams head coach Sean McVay that a deal started to materialize. The Rams emerged as the primary potential trade partner with the Giants for OBJ, but their asking price was likely too high. In his four seasons in the league, Cooks has yet to miss a game.

The Los Angeles Chargers: The Rams' roommates in 2020 are going to have an even harder time gaining traction in their new city with the Rams soaking up so much of the oxygen.

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