2. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and are more than likely going to take Joe Burrow, who just put together one of the most impressive seasons in NCAA history with the LSU Tigers.
The Bengals are in no place to contend for the playoffs right away, even with Burrow, but that should not stop the team from making additions if possible. With the luxury of Burrow on a rookie contract, the Bengals could absolutely afford to take on a big contract like Cooks, which also gives Burrow an actual number one target.
So what contract do the Bengals have to send in return? That of Andy Dalton.
Yes, it would be strange to see Dalton traded to Los Angeles but he obviously would not be the starting quarterback and would serve as a veteran “just in case” backup for Jared Goff for one season. He is one the last year of his contract and will carry no dead cap to the Bengals.
The great part about this potential trade is that it could net the Rams a draft pick as well. Even though the Bengals are doing the Rams a favor in freeing up money, Cooks is still a valuable asset and could probably render a third-round pick out of the Bengals.
The Rams would get a veteran quarterback for one season, a third-round pick and a lot of freed up salary. Meanwhile, the Bengals would get a weapon for the rookie quarterback to throw to.