Could they perhaps look to make another blockbuster trade to maximize Brady's few remaining years and compete for a sixth Lombardi Trophy?
Cooks, 24, is coming off a very productive in his first - and only - season with the Patriots in 2017.
The Rams are now intent upon signing Cooks to a long term deal, according to ESPN.
The rumors and speculation surrounding that potential trade engulfed the NFL owners meetings, made national news and led to a tidal wave of social media posts from other NFL players. They tend to get dollar-on-the-dime production from pass-catchers who often include several running backs.
The market for wide receivers has skyrocketed this offseason.
This trade undoubtedly brings back bad memories of last month's news when Watkins bolted from L.A. for a $48 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. 23, 31, 43, and 63 overall - or they could package a pair together in a trade to move up the draft board.
"You saw some of these wide receiver deals come in", Schefter told WEEI.
Beckham wants a record-setting contract extension - probably in the neighborhood of $20 million per year - but has not been able to stay out of headlines for off-field behavior.
In 2015 and 2016, Cooks averaged 81 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns per season with the Saints. While Julian Edelman missed 2017 with an ACL injury, Cooks' 1,082 yards fell short of what Edelman produced in 2016 (1,106 yards).
Total hunch here, but I'm thinking Baker Mayfield could be the guy Belichick targets.
With that in mind, it makes ideal 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. Belichick can handle the kid's attitude and curb his wayward tendencies and he could be the best value play - especially if three quarterbacks are drafted ahead of him - and Josh McDaniels could coach him up and scheme him up and put him in positions to replicate what he did best at Oklahoma.
His speed and ability to beat defenders allowed Brady to attack downfield more than he had in years.