The Los Angeles Rams have been one of the most active teams this offseason. They have already made big trades and free agent signings to solidify their already resilient defense as they acquired Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib while they franchise tagged their safety Lamarcus Joyner.
The Rams led the NFL in scoring last year and looked to have one of the best offenses under their first year head coach Sean McVay. They did so by acquiring Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods last offseason to add depth to their wide receiver position.
Watkins was seen as the larger threat as opposing defenses decided to double team him instead of former teammate Robert Woods, who both played for Buffalo the year prior. Woods had a huge season as teams decided to put more pressure on Watkins instead of Robert.
This offseason though, the Rams decided not to franchise tag Watkins and he ended up signing with the Chiefs. The Rams had a big hole to fill in Watkins absence. So what did they do? They went out and traded their first round pick for Brandin Cooks.
Cooks has been a beast in his professional career, catching for over 1000 yards in the last three seasons. He has played under some of the best quarterbacks the game has ever seen in Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
Cooks will fill in Watkins role quite nicely and should complement Woods just as Sammy did last season. Goff and Cooks had been throwing together during this offseason and seems to already be forming a connection. This Los Angeles offense can potentially be even more lethal than it was last season.
The only problem is that Cooks is on the last year of his contract. The Rams want to sign him long term but they are also working on a contract with Aaron Donald for possibly the largest contract in the NFL for a defensive player.
Not only that but Suh is on a one year deal, Joyner is under a franchise tag and Gurley and Peters contracts will balloon after this season. It might be hard to keep this whole team together after this season.
But for right now the Rams look like an NFL super team. With star players on the offensive and defensive side the Rams are shooting straight for the Super Bowl. With still a few more months left in the offseason it will be fascinating to see what this franchise does next. Dez Bryant anyone?