The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams completed a blockbuster trade on Tuesday, and the teams may have Georgia football to thank for that. At least in part.
That’s because Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Rams coach Sean McVay made significant progress on a deal that had gone cold while working one of Kirby Smart’s coaching clinics at UGA last week, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
King gives the scoop:
I’m told the deal, which had been discussed several times since the end of the season, got rekindled when Sean McVay and Bill Belichick talked at the University of Georgia football coaches clinic late last week. I hear the Rams had their first-round pick on the table, but it was the ancillary picks that needed to be reconfigured for the deal to finally get done; the Rams wanted better than a fourth-rounder in return from New England, and the Patriots stuck to their guns on their proposed compensation. And it got done Tuesday afternoon.
The trade involves star wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who goes from the Patriots to the Rams along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for Los Angeles’ first and sixth round selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
While Smart likely didn’t bring the two into a room and force them to come to an agreement, the Bulldogs do get the assist for facilitating the discussions while featuring the two as headlines for its annual clinic.
After all, without that face-to-face interaction, who is to say the trade ever happens?
The clinic ran from March 29-31, and offered high school football coaches “the unique opportunity to join the UGA staff on the field for two practice sessions to observe on-field demonstrations, position specific drills and overall practice scripting and format.”
Belichick, McVay and Smart were joined by Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, as well as the rest of the Georgia football staff.