Brandin Cooks had his first interview with New England media, and he offered up a little of his insight into the trade.

Cooks wanted to clear some things up, noting that there's "no bad blood" and he didn't request the trade.

"I love the organization and the people. Things just happen in life."

After his outbursts of wanting to be a bigger part of the offense back in November, which led to much of the speculation that he's the one that wanted out of New Orleans, he was sure to answer when asked if he was the one that asked to be traded.

"No, I didn't," Cooks said. "It was a long process, and I guess, so if we could set this straight, I think a lot of that and what was going on got taken out of context and exaggerated, and throughout the process I felt like I had to take some blows and keep my mouth shut, which is fine."

In talking about Drew Brees, whom he worked out with in the off-season, and being sent away from him, he praised Drew, but announced his excitement to work with Tom Brady.

"I have nothing but high praise for Drew, he's a workaholic, a guy who pays attention to the game, so detailed, so as a young guy, to be able to have that, take some things off your plate," Cooks said. "It was a blessing to be able to play with him, and at the same time, he helped me learn about the game more from an overall standpoint. To have the opportunity to play with another Hall of Fame quarterback, I guess I know how to pick quarterbacks, right?"

So, he didn't have anything to do with the trade, but he knows "how to pick quarterbacks?" Maybe I'm just bitter. Hopefully we can get something out of the picks that we got for him. There's still that whole Malcolm Butler trade situation happening.

[The Advocate]