The Rams plan on signing Cooks to a contract extension before Week 1, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

Los Angeles agreed Tuesday to acquire the wideout and a 2018 fourth-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for first- and sixth-round picks in 2018. It would be an awful lot for the Rams to give up for a one-year rental with an $8.46 million salary, but the deal starts to make sense if Cooks is viewed as part of the club's long-term plan. While the speedy receiver may have been a slight disappointment in New England last season, he's only 24 years old and is coming off three straight 16-game campaigns with at least 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Cooks profiles as the likely No. 1 receiver in Los Angeles, though the same was said of Sammy Watkins, who ultimately served as a low-volume decoy in his lone season with the Rams. Cooks should see an uptick from Watkins' 2017 total of 70 targets, but his accustomed volume -- 120-target average the past three years -- is far from a sure thing. The Rams also need to feed Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, their top three pass catchers from last season. Cooks may end up disappointed with how much time he spends clearing out space for his teammates.

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