Patriots Acquire Brandin Cooks in Trade With Saints
The New England Patriots have agreed to trade their 2017 first-round draft choice to the New Orleans Saints for star receiver Brandin Cooks, sources tell ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
The Pats’ first-round pick is a No. 32 overall draft pick in this year’s draft, but they also will trade a third-round pick (No. 103) to New Orleans and receive the Saints’ fourth-round pick (No. 118), sources tell Russini.
“I’ve been praying. I’m just thankful,” Cooks told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The two teams still could consider a trade involving cornerback Malcolm Butler who has been involved in the trade talks because he is a restricted free agent. But Butler has been tendered an offer of $3.91 million, but until he signs the tender, he can’t be part of a trade because he isn’t under contract.
Cooks is coming off back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons and is one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers. He has a total of 17 touchdowns over the past two years and two of the four longest receptions in the NFL last year (98 yards and 87 yards).