The Rams — who had explored a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. but liked the Cooks option better — were seeking a vertical threat for second-year coach Sean McVay’s dynamic offense after Sammy Watkins joined the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.
The speedy Cooks, who totaled 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season, fills that void alongside Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Cooks had 16 receptions on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last season, tied with DeAndre Hopkins for most in the NFL.
As long as we get enough snaps, McVay said, we will be able to keep everybody happy.
The Giants and Rams already made one trade this offseason, with linebacker Alec Ogletree and a 2019 draft pick coming east in exchange for two 2018 draft picks.
Gettleman has made two trades — he sent Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers — this month after his predecessor Jerry Reese was quiet in the trade market.
Mara seemed to be trying to send a message to Beckham — get in line with Giants’ behavioral standards or no long-term extension — but Beckham’s Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys camp responded by floating the powerful card of a holdout.
Beckham is scheduled to make $8.45 million on the option year of his rookie contract and is susceptible to franchise tags in 2019 and 2020. He wants more guaranteed money and security.
Beckham trains in California in the offseason. He is rehabbing a broken ankle that cost him the final 10 games of last season, though Giants coach Pat Shurmur said he is on track and should be ready to go for the season-opener.
Navarro founded Sherman Financial, and two sources confirmed that the NFL is now vetting him. There was concern on the part of some owners over how Navarro made his money—a piece of it was in debt collection—and a case he settled in New York in 2014 over repeatedly bringing improper debt collection actions against New York consumers. A source close to Navarro emphasized that this wasn’t bad practices; this was for a missed statute of limitations, and added that the fine assessed ($175,000) was relatively small in that world.
One example given: Bank of America was fined $42 million for fraud last week. Navarro has hired a PR agency, Luquire George Andrews, to help Cheap Retro Jerseys manage the criticism, and the agency was adamant on Tuesday that Sherman Financial should not be characterized as a debt collector.