Brandin Cooks was traded because Bill Belichick doesn’t pay young receivers

If there’s one thing Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appreciates as much as hard work and diced-up hooded sweatshirts, it’s consistency. He proved that Tuesday by agreeing to a trade that shipped 2017 offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for first- and sixth-round selections.

Consider this:

Preseason 2006: Belichick trades Deion Branch, a fifth-year wide receiver coming off a 998-yard season and one year away from free agency for a first-round pick.

Offseason 2018: Belichick trades Brandin Cooks, a fifth-year wide receiver coming off a 1,082-yard season and one year away from free agency for a first-round pick.

In fact, this is somewhat of a pattern. The first move came in 2002 when he sent Terry Glenn to Green Bay after six seasons as a Patriot for the Packers’ fourth-rounder. In 2006, he dealt lightning-fast kick returner and occasional deep threat Bethel Johnson to the Saints for draft bust Johnathan Sullivan. Not even Randy Moss was safe once his on-field production began to decline and concerns about his expiring contract arose; he was traded to the Vikings for a third-round pick in 2010.

While the Patriots love young skill players on inexpensive contracts, they are loathe to pay

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2018/4/4/17194858/patriots-trade-brandin-cooks-bill-belichick-receivers-rams

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