Saints Trade Cooks To The Patriots For Picks
The Saints turned down a couple offers for Brandin Cooks, but the Patriots ended up proposing a deal that caught their eye in the end.
It was rumored that the Patriots were offering cornerback Malcolm Butler for Cooks, but the Saints didn’t accept that offer. They turned down the Titans’ 18th overall pick too, but they finally pulled the trigger when New England came back with a new offer.
Apparently, the Saints weren’t interested in trading Cooks for a player or a single pick. In the end, they traded him for a first round pick and a chance to move up for another third round pick too.
TRADE! The Patriots have traded their #32 & 3rd #103 pick to the Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks & their 4th #118 pick per sources
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 11, 2017
Source confirms #Saints trading Brandin Cooks to Patriots
— Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric) March 11, 2017
Now, New Orleans has two picks in the first round and two picks in the third round. With so many holes to fill, the Saints have a chance to address a couple needs early in the draft.
This decision puts a lot of pressure on the Saints to draft wisely. After passing up on a trade involving Butler, they now have to make sure they grab a solid starter in the first round. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the Patriots and Saints are still talking about another possible trade involving Butler, but a lot of Saints fans thought they would get him for Cooks.
When the news broke, there was a mixed reaction from the New Orleans media, but most of them were skeptical to say the least.
The Saints must have really wanted to trade Brandon Cooks. — Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) March 11, 2017
Well. Just gonna say this. #Saints are gonna have to absolutely slam dunk this draft.
— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) March 11, 2017
I thought the Saints wanted a defensive starter in the deal. I would like to know how they didn’t land Butler. Not sure I like the trade
— Sharief Ishaq (@ShariefWDSU) March 11, 2017
I didn’t expect the moon for the Saints in this Cooks deal. But I think we can all agree the Saints should have gotten more.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) March 11, 2017
Mickey Loomis sat at the poker table for a long time waiting for the right offer. Did he cash in on this deal or did he leave money on the table?
It’s safe to say a couple Saints players weren’t exactly fans of the trade…
— Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) March 11, 2017
— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 11, 2017