Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, but the Patriots have done him no favors this offseason.
Instead, New England has big shoes to fill at the receiver position, and the offense needs a deep-threat playmaker to stretch the field.
By all accounts, Brandin Cooks could have filled that role. He showed tremendous chemistry with Brady last season -- his first in New England -- with 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven scores.
Still only 24 years old, Cooks is one of the fastest players in the league, with the type of hands and body control that make him a dangerous big-play threat.
Even so, rather than pay out the $8.5 million he was owed this year, New England traded Cooks to the Rams for couple of draft picks, including a first-rounder.
From a management standpoint, maybe the money adds up, but as a fan it’s hard not to feel cheated.
Brady has given everything he has to the franchise. In the twilight of his career, keeping a young star like Cooks on the roster would have made things easier on the GOAT -- and been a small return on those years of loyalty.