Patriots Pull Off Trade For Saints’ Cooks
After days of speculation as to whether or not they would find a way to get it done, the New England Patriots have made a trade to acquire big play wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints.
The trade, which caps another impressive day of dealing for Bill Belichick and the Patriots' front office, was first reported by ESPN's Dianna Russini.
New England is sending the 32nd, and 103rd overall draft picks to New Orleans, but the Pats are also getting a fourth rounder in addition to Cooks.
Even better, New England did not add cornerback Malcolm Butler into the deal, though speculation had swirled that the thought was being considered as late as yesterday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the teams are still talking Butler for a separate deal, however.
As for Cooks, the 23-year-old brings not only tremendous skill, but also youth to the Patriots offense.
In three seasons the wide out has become a true deep threat, catching 215 of 316 passes thrown his way for 2,861 yards and 20 scores, 17 of which have come over the past two seasons.
Looking ahead to the 2017 season, Cooks should fit in nicely to the Pats receiving corps, working as another down the field receiver alongside Chris Hogan, with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola underneath and Malcolm Mitchell capable of playing both roles.
The moves marks another huge win for Belichick the GM in a surprising offseason that has seen the team make more splashy moves that usual.