Patriots Aquire Receiver Brandin Cooks From Saints for Top Draft Pick
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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In exchange for Cooks, the Patriots send their 2017 first (32nd overall) and third round (103 overall) picks to the Saints. New England also gets the Saints fourth round pick (118th overall) in the deal.
Cooks, 23 years-old, was taken 20th overall in the 2014 NFL draft and has one year remaining on his rookie contract with a fifth year team option.
He will be the sixth youngest player on the Patriots roster, two months younger than Malcolm Mitchell.
Last season, Cooks finished with a career high 1,173 yards on 78 catches and eight touchdowns playing with the Saints.
In 2015, Cooks hauled in 84 catches for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns.
Giving the Patriots and Tom Brady a weapon like Brandin Cooks is like giving Darth Vader the keys to the Millennium Falcon. Not fair.— Adam Rank (@adamrank) March 11, 2017
Malcolm Butler Speculation
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler had been part of trade rumors tied to Cooks especially after the Patriots signing of cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the first day of free agency.
Butler is a restricted free agent and has been tendered an offer of $3.91 million, but has yet to sign it, according to ESPN. Players aren’t allowed to be traded if they aren’t under contract.
Saints and Patriots still could consider a trade later on for CB Malcolm Butler, whose name arose in talks for WR Brandin Cooks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2017
Patriots Shopping Spree
Cooks was not the only trade that the Patriots made on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the Patriots acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their 2017 second round pick and the Panthers third round pick.
Ealy was taken two picks before Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Patriots signed tight end Dwayne Allen to replace Marcellus Bennett, who has since signed with Green Bay, and Gilmore on Thursday.
Patriots' offseason haul thus far: WR Brandin Cooks, DE Kony Ealy, TE Dwayne Allen, CB Stephon Gilmore.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2017
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