New England Patriots Make A Trade With The Saints For A Top Receiver
Finally the Brandin Cooks saga has come to an end as the New England Patriots have made a trade with the New Orleans Saints to land the wide out.
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
Cooks is 23 years old and will enter his fourth season in the NFL this upcoming season, as a receiver for Drew Brees he was able to real in 78 catches this past season for 8 touchdowns. The Saints were looking to move on from Cooks given that he was 3rd on their wide out depth chart.
The Saint moved him now because they were on the hook to pay him $781,599 roster bonus that was due on the 5th league day of the year which would be this upcoming Monday.
With the addition of Cooks the Patriots depth chart sits as follows in no particular order.
- Chris Hogan
- Julian Edelman
- Brandin Cooks
- Malcolm Mitchell
- Danny Amendola (Restructure or cut coming)
Amendola is on the roster right now and he has a base salary of $6 million owed to him next season, there is no way he comes into the season on the Patriots roster with that number. According to reports a couple of weeks ago Amendola was receptive to a restructure to remain with New England.
In terms of Cooks it was rumored earlier in the day that the Patriots could send Malcolm Butler down to New Orleans in exchange for the receiver. But instead the agreement was for draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter though it is still possible for the Patriots to send Malcolm to New Orleans in another trade in the near future.
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