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Patriots Trading Brandin Cooks To Los Angeles Rams

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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Fireworks explode before a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.

The Patriots will be sending Cooks and a fourth-round pick to Los Angeles in exchange for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of this year's draft and a sixth-round selection. It's unclear whether the fourth-round pick and the sixth-round pick involved in the deal are for the 2018 draft as well.

Cooks, this past season, caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He's one of the most productive wide receivers in the league.

Schefter notes that New England is hoarding draft picks - and speculates they could use them in a future trade to move up and draft a quarterback.

New England's interest in a quarterback would make sense. Tom Brady is aging, and the team's backup at the moment is Brian Hoyer. The Patriots traded away Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers during the season this past year.

Schefter also notes that moving Cooks likely means the Patriots won't be trading tight end Rob Gronkowski this offseason.

The Rams, meanwhile, have made a number of interesting moves this offseason - acquiring Cooks, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and Ndamukong Suh. They appear to be loading up for a potential Super Bowl run.