Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks agrees to 5-year contract extension with Rams

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks agreed to a five-year contract extension Tuesday worth $80 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That will keep him in Los Angeles with the Rams through 2023.

“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 McCoy said in a team statement. “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.”

In 2017, Cooks was a part of the New England Patriots team that won the AFC and reached the Super Bowl. He was second on New England in receptions (65) and receiving yards (1,082) and scored seven touchdowns. His season ended prematurely as he was knocked out of the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl with a concussion suffered in the second quarter.

Cooks, 24, was originally selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints before being traded to New England in 2017. He has had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (two with the Saints and one with the Patriots) catching passes from Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

Yet, football isn’t the only thing Cooks is about. He is also a man with a strong faith in Jesus Christ. Last year during training camp, he was asked about the meaning behind his trademark arrow celebration.

“It comes from Psalms 144:6: ‘Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them,’” Cooks told the Boston Herald. “It’s just one of those things that my faith is the biggest part of my life and I feel like the reason why I am where I am today with the gifts that I have. It’s just another way to be able to glorify God rather than just pointing to the sky [after a touchdown]. Just bringing a unique way, so my hope is when fans see me, they see God in me. That’s the biggest part of it all. If anything, I’m shooting it at God. It’s my way of thanking Him and bringing a little twist to it.”

Cooks and the rest of the Rams team report to training camp July 25. Los Angeles opens its regular season Monday, Sept. 10 on the road against the Oakland Raiders.

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