NFL trade news: Patriots send WR Brandin Cooks to Rams, stockpile draft picks

The Patriots have traded reciever Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the team announced Wednesday.

The Rams were linked to Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason but opted for Cooks, who was due a $8.5 million club option before the season.

The Brewers’ three shutouts this season have come against three of the toughest pitchers in the division: St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez, and along with the Cubs’ Jon Lester and Quintana.

“We’ve been pitching well. We have got to pick it up offensively, as much as anything,” Counsell said.

Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-1) gets the ball for the home opener. He has a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.

Brewers: Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) takes the hill when the team opens a six-game road trip at St. Louis. The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.89 career ERA against the Cardinals.

Martin reportedly had a loaded shotgun, a large knife and an axe in his car when police took him into custody Feb. 23. His girlfriend said Martin’s anger and depression had worsened over the last month and he began writing on the walls of his home.

The Instagram threat, which came from a private but verified account, included a photo of a gun and bullets and was hashtagged #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins. Former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, as well as two other people, were tagged in the post.

Martin was the target of bullying in the Dolphins locker room from 2012-13, largely perpetuated by Incognito and Pouncey. He was also apparently the victim of bullying at Harvard-Westlake, which filed a workplace violence prevention restraining order against Martin.

The requested order prohibits Martin from coming closer than 150 yards from the campus of his alma mater.

Martin, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015, has previously posted on social media that he suffered from depression and attempted to commit suicide.

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