Rams ink WR Cooks to five-year extension

Receiver Brandin Cooks (12) signed a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Wide receiver Brandin Cooks has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Rams on a five-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The extension puts Cooks under contract through the 2023 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $80 million. It means Cooks is on the books for $88 million over six years with the Rams,

“Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said. “He’s a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We’re excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023.”

Los Angeles acquired Cooks during this offseason. The Rams traded their 2018 first-round selection (No. 23 overall) and sixth-round selection (No. 198 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for Cooks and a fourth-round pick (No. 136 overall).

The Rams hope Cooks can be a deep threat that was lost when Sammy Watkins left the Rams as a free agent and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cooks has played in 58 regular season games with 46 starts, posting at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons.

The fifth-year NFL pro has recorded 280 career receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns, and averages 14.1 yards per reception.

In 2017, Cooks played in 16 regular-season games, including 15 starts, for the Patriots and had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. In three playoff games last season, Cooks caught 10 passes for 155 yards.

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