The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a five-year extension with wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

The Rams traded their first- and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft to the New England Patriots for Cooks and a fourth-round pick earlier this year.

Cooks will replace Sammy Watkins Mike Williams Jersey , who left for Kansas City in free agency, and provide a deep threat for quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams, who had the NFLs highest-scoring offense last season.

Cooks was entering the final season of his contract and is happy to be staying in Los Angeles for the next several years.

I just knew this was a place that I want to be for a really long time, he said. As far as the years and all of that, I just let them handle that, my agent handle that, and just knowing I wanted to be here for a really long time.

They took care of that in the way they thought was best and we agreed with it. Other than that Im just excited to get Game One in, let alone years Tre'Davious White Jersey , so thats what Im focused on now.

Before joining the Rams, Cooks played in 58 regular-season games with 46 starts, and had at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past three seasons.

The fifth-year pro has 280 receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns, and averages 14.1 yards per reception. He had nine 100-plus yard receiving games in 2016 with the New Orleans Saints.

Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team, Rams coach Sean McVay said in a statement. Hes a proven professional in this league, and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. Were excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023.

An optimistic Cam Newton says hes adjusting well to a new offensive scheme and boldly proclaimed its time for the Carolina Panthers to take back the division.

Wearing a Change the culture t-shirt and a Keep Pounding hat Vincent Valentine Jersey , an upbeat Newton was budding with enthusiasm on Saturday even after starting right tackle Daryl Williams went down with a knee injury earlier in practice.

In his first football-related interview in six months, Newton set a positive tone for training camp for a team that hopes to recapture the NFC South it won in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Carolina went 11-5 last season, but New Orleans won the head-to-head tiebreaker and took the division title.

Part of Newtons optimism surrounds the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and the addition of wide receivers D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright.

Newton said Turner has been extremely easy to work with and joked that his offense is Boogie approved.

The 2015 league MVP said he likes that Turner is open to listening to suggestions about what plays may work best, even to the point to keeping the names of some of the predecessor Mike Shulas play calls.

I think the onus is on (Turner) more so than us to take what we have done good and expand on it, rather than just ripping the sheets of paper up and having a this-is-my-way-or-the-highway mentality, Newton said.

Newton said it didnt take long to realize Turner has a high football IQ.

But he added that its still a little too early to know exactly what to expect from the Panthers offense when the regular season arrives.

I cant tell you that Jim Plunkett Jersey , (but) I know that the transition as far as philosophies has almost been as easy as anyone could expect, Newton said. He is super relatable and is someone who has been around this league and been around a lot of egos and lot of different players and knows how to adjust. That alone makes my job easy knowing that he is a person who you can go to and say, `This is how I feel about certain things. And (hell say), `OK, lets find out how we can implement it. Hes not a guy who is so egotistical who says, `No, this play is going to work versus this.

Turner has already talked about wanting to improve Newtons completion percentage.

Newtons has completed just 58.5 percent of his career passes, but Turner would like him to be above 65 percent.

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Newton said that means learning to accept what the defense gives him, even if it means short dump-offs over the middle and to outlet receivers.

That has to be my mentality, Newton said. We have a lot of guys who can take two yards and turn it into 20 yards, or more. But it starts with me and I have to trust those guys and get the ball to them.

The 29-year-old Newton said hes feeling healthy heading into the season.

Thats a big difference from last season when he underwent shoulder surgery and missed all of OTAs and minicamp and a large portion of training camp undergoing rehab.

It was very big for me making the proper steps this offseason knowing that I am full go, Newton said. My body feels great and I always have to mention to TD (linebacker Thomas Davis) that I even look great. I am in a position where I am all smiles.

Newton also addressed new owner David Tepper, teasing that Im up for an upgrade after seeing he paid $2.2 million to purchase the team from founder Jerry Richardson.

The excitement is something we all should get prepared for knowing we have a lively owner, Newton said.

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