The deal was announced to the public with a press conference featuring the 24-year-old and Rams head coach Sean McVay. Despite Cooks not yet playing a game with the Rams, McVay claimed "Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team." The coach also admitted that signing Cooks to a long-term deal was always the goal, as he continues to be impressed with him during the offseason program. On that same token, Cooks also claimed that he always wanted to sign long term with the Rams since arriving.
Cooks is entering his fifth and final year of his rookie deal, which will pay him $8.4 million, but this new contract has him in Los Angeles through the 2023 campaign. He is coming off a season that saw him catch 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots. Before that, he spent three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, who selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft. In his four-year career, the wideout has 280 catches for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns, while averaging 14.1 yards per catch.
He will add a legitimate weapon for quarterback Jarred Goff and the Rams, who are coming off an 11-5 season that featured their first NFC West Division Title in 14 years and first playoff appearance since 2004. Next up for the Rams is locking up the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald.