Patriots have options with money saved following Brandin Cooks trade

Brandin Cooks is headed from New England to Los Angeles

As for Belichick dealing picks for Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. - don't count on it. Belichick has imported several high-maintenance personalities, but nearly always at a bargain rate.

But that would be hard if the Patriots' intent is to trade up in the first round to land one of the coveted quarterbacks in a draft class filled with highly celebrated prospects at the sport's most important position. That's two first-round picks for you math majors scoring at home, which is the reported asking price the Giants want in exchange for their talented-but-troubled wide receiver.

The Patriots, who hope to sustain success as some of their star players enter the final stages of their careers, now have two first-round picks (No. 23, 31) and two second-rounders (No. 43, 63), along with a third-rounder (95), two sixth-rounders and a seventh-rounder this year.

As long as the Patriots have Gronkowski, Edelman, Chris Hogan, and James White healthy, Brady and the offense will probably be just fine.

Cooks was a productive receiver in his one season for the Patriots after they obtained him in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. Not only that, but the Patriots would find themselves playing for another Super Bowl title-which he was knocked out of.

First, it was the New York Jets who traded from the No. 6 pick to the No. 3 pick to position themselves for a top quarterback prospect.

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Now in 2018, with Cooks due $8.5 million on the fifth-year option from his rookie deal, they now sit at 23 in the first round of 2018.

The uncertainty surrounding Rob Gronkowski's future has dominated the offseason thus far, but in moving Cooks, a Gronkowski trade becomes even more unlikely for the Patriots. After not having many picks in recent drafts, the Cooks trade will give the Patriots a chance to add some much-needed youth across their roster.

The reason the Patriots traded Cooks was because they weren't going to be able to re-sign him next offseason. Other moves have included the signing of defensive players Ndamukong Suh and Sam Shields as well as trades for the Denver Broncos' Aqib Talib and Kansas City Chiefs' Marcus Peters.

So with the Rams out, the Cleveland Browns now emerge as the favorites to be the Giants trade partner if they are going to trade Beckham prior to the draft. In addition to that, he is also an upgrade over Watkins.

NY has reportedly asked for multiple first-round picks for Beckham, something New England now possesses. "It would surprise me a little bit", Schefter said on "Get Up!". In his four seasons in the league, Cooks has yet to miss a game.

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