Even though the Los Angeles Rams seem open to trading Brandin Cooks, the Philadelphia Eagles need to avoid the wideout at all costs.
With the new NFL season in full swing, it seems like only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Eagles find extra help at the wide receiver position, whether it happens to be through free agency, a trade, or simply the draft in April.
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been plenty of talk surrounding the Rams possibly looking to trade the speedy wideout, and even though Cooks is still a member of the team at the moment, there is still plenty of time for some sort of deal to take place.
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And while the Eagles could certainly benefit from adding another speedy deep threat to the receiving corps, there are numerous reasons any potential trade involving Cooks needs to be avoided.
For starters, Cooks watched his production decline in 2019 after only 42 passes for 583 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games, although the Rams’ offense in general struggled throughout the regular season.
Prior to last season, Cooks managed to record four-straight seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards, and it was easy to understand the decision by Los Angeles at the time in 2018 to reward him with a five-year, $81 million extension.
But two years later, it’s safe to say that Cooks is unfortunately being overpaid by the Rams, and take his contract into consideration along with the decline in production from last season, it’s easy to see why the Eagles shouldn’t even consider the idea of acquiring the Rams wideout.
Plus, between Philadelphia still having Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson on the roster along with the fact that April’s draft is loaded with talent at the wide receiver position, this should make Cooks even easier to pass on in any potential trade.
Despite finishing on top of the NFC East last season for the second time in three years, the Eagles realize they will need to improve at wide receiver before September in order to have a chance at making it three division titles in four years.
At least when it comes to Cooks, Philadelphia should know this is one option that won’t be helpful, so any potential trade talk involving the Eagles seems pointless at this point.