Titans, Eagles talking to Saints about trading for Brandin Cooks

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Officially, the Saints say they’re planning to keep receiver Brandin Cooks. But trade talks are ongoing.

The Titans and Eagles are both interested in acquiring Cooks in a trade with the Saints, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. The Titans appear to be the more likely destination.

Cooks complained at times last year that he didn’t like the way he was being used in the Saints’ offense. The Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2014, Cooks has developed into a very good wide receiver, catching 78 passes for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season. But if he’s not happy in New Orleans, the team may think it makes more sense to ship him out and acquire players or picks who could improve their defense.

Cooks is under contract for a very affordable salary of $1.56 million this season. A team that trades for him would surely either work out a new deal or pick up his fifth-year option for 2018.

Two teams can verbally agree on a trade now, but it can’t become official until the league year starts on March 9.

54 responses to “Titans, Eagles talking to Saints about trading for Brandin Cooks

  1. I hope they get at least a 2nd round pick for him, since he will need to be replaced. They hit on Michael Thomas, but they have no speed guy if they trade Cooks. Id be ok trading Cooks and drafting 3 defensive players in top 50 of a draft deep at CB and DE if they got a Mike Wallace in FA on the cheap.

  2. Second round pick?? No thank you. First round pick or pass. Guys with his talent and speed are rare in the league. If anything for the titans I’ll take the swap of the first round pick and there second round pick. Eagles will have to give me there first rounder.

  3. if he goes to the Titans, he probably will win a SB quicker than if he stayed in NO…of course, his stats may go down, as the Titans are more committed to the running attack…

  4. The closest package to second round value for Cooks would be the Titans pick at 18 for Cooks and the Saints pick at 42.

  5. Would love to see the Eagles trade for this guy. Coincidentally, he’s the reason the Eagles totally botched the 1st round of the 2014 draft!
    They had banked on Cooks still be there at 22, but after the Saints took him at 20, it screwed up the Eagles plans. As a result, they ended up trading back to 26 and selecting 1st Round Bust Marcus Smith.

  6. Given the low salary and high production, I’d have to imagine the price would be more than just a second round pick. Maybe a 2 and a 4? The whole thing doesn’t make sense. The Saints are in cap hell. You would think they’d be highly motivated to keep their cheap productive players, no matter how disgruntled they are. Unless there’s a QB swap with this trade (HIGHLY unlikely), I don’t see it.

  7. Pass. This guy is a major diva. He was pouting and whining after a Saints WIN. There are many talented receivers who aren’t potential locker room cancers.

  8. if he goes to the Titans, he probably will win a SB quicker than if he stayed in NO…
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    Yeah because the Titans have been so good lately SMH

  9. .
    The Titans have several opportunities with the #5 and #18 picks of the draft. If Cooks goes to the Titans, it may not happen until draft day.

    It’s important to remember that Robinson comes from the Patriots school. He prefers short time veterans with a body of work versus NFL competition, instead of some dude from the WAC Conference who once had a big game against the Air Force Academy.
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  10. The Saints are in cap hell.
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    Saints have over 30M to spend this year… Get with the times

  11. mcdeez22….. Cap Hell? we are in the best shape that we have been in in years. 30M before they cut Byrd, 3 or 8 M depending on the designation, then we have to restructure contracts, have all our players that we are keeping under contract, we will have 40M in cap. We have been waiting for this offseason for 3 years.

  12. Yeah because the Titans have been so good lately SMH…actually, the Titans, with a young team, had a better record than the Aint’s last year…if case you need reminding, the Aint’s-with their 5,000 passing yd QB-have been 7-9 the past three years…you probably are suffering from a post Mardi Gras hangover…

  13. First Kenny Stills, now Brandin Cooks.

    Maybe the problem is with the Saints coaching staff/front office, not the players.

    Good teams don’t get rid of good players.

  14. lifelongwhodat says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:49 AM
    I hope they get at least a 2nd round pick for him
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    I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to trade a first round pick from only two years for a lesser pick unless that player has been unproductive or doesn’t fit your system. You’re better off keeping him and getting what you can out of him. If he leaves via free agency, you get a compensatory pick anyway, so why do it now?

  15. Good riddance. I would prefer to see him end up on the Eagles or Browns. Diva player who is talented and dumb. If the Redskins drop D Jackson it would be a like-for-like replacement as well.

  16. New Orleans is a horrible place to live especially if you are an african american. He is from California, went to school in Oregon. I wouldn’t want to live in the deep south with the in grained racism in New Orleans. Hope he is able to move to a new team.

  17. Relax everyone. This report comes from Mort. It should be read with GREAT skepticism. Mort can’t be trusted.

  18. .
    One other school of thought : NO has a 38 year old QB in Drew Brees. His contract expires next year. Having Jimmy Garopollo waiting in the wings would make for a smooth transition at the games most important position. Having held joint practices with New England for several years gives Saints coach, Sean Peyton, unique insight among non Patriots into Garopollo’s abilities. Of all the QBs in the league, Garopollo most resembles Brees.

    Could moving Cooks be a way for the Saints to raise capital for a run at a QB? Keep in mind that it’s a whole lot easier to replace a WR than a QB and next year the Saints apparently will be choosing between Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson. Or, as Saints fans will say, ” oh the humanity! ”
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  19. This makes no sense. Unless the compensation is a first rounder or a different talented young playmaker (could be offense or defense), the Saints lose out big-time.

    Perhaps Bennie Logan or Brandon Graham from the Eagles. The Titans have two first round picks this year, so possibly pick 18 for Cooks, or as someone mentioned above, a swap of picks 11&5 with Cooks thrown in. I still think the Saints lose out in either scenario.

    It should also be noted that if Cooks walks after this year, he will sign a mega contract and the Saints should receive a high (possibly 3rd round) compensatory pick in 2019, which is two years away, but still.

  20. In today’s NFL I would argue he is not worth more than a 3rd round
    pick. If the Saints get a 2nd round pick they should jump on it.

  21. Ask yourself this…do you really want a guy on your team that whines after catching 78 passes for 1,173 yards? The guy is a diva who wants to be the “man” who gets all the attention. If he makes it to Philly and pulls that crap the fans will eat him alive.

  22. How about Chase Daniel ( whom Payton loves ), Connor Barwin, and next year’s 3rd round pick ( that turns into a 2nd if Cooks goes for over 1000 yards ) for Cooks ?

  23. Cowboys about to lose Terrance Williams in FA, make the call Jerry! Get an upgrade on the cheap, sign him to a longer deal next year when (hopefully) our cap space looks better.

  24. They let Graham go in his prime. They let Stills go after 2 years. I’m sure they’ll have no problems parting ways with Cooks. Brees seems to get his 4500+ yards every year regardless of who’s catching it.

    Defense is a different story. Their inability to field even a mediocre defense is wasting Brees’ final years.

  25. 1st and Barwin and/or Kendricks for Cooks and late round pick…earlier if both! Get it done Howie

  26. if we give up a 1st for a guy whose deal is almost up (& we’re gonna have to pay) i’m gonna be pissed. it’s not gonna happen. jrob is from the belichek school of roster management.

  27. Just wait a year and get him for free (well, at least without giving up any picks). Trading high picks for wrs almost never result in a dramatic increase in the win column.

  28. Catainwhodat: Mardi Gras hangover? With a handle like that you’re obviously still suffering hangover from the Saints Super Bowl from 7 years ago SMH

  29. Beware of Saints receivers from the Drew Brees/Sean Payton system….San Diego couldn’t wait to get rid of Robert Mechum after giving him a ton of money and I’m sure Seattle would really re- think that 1st round pick (and pro bowl center) for Jimmy Graham

  30. I’d trade Kendricks and Agholor. That would give the Saints two starters, a former #1 and #2, for one. Those Saint fans that would expect a 1st or 2nd round pick should forget it because that’ll never happen. If he’s so great why do the Saints want to trade him?

  31. I wouldn’t trade a first or second… but I would do a 3rd and one of the Eagles defensive players they want to get rid of like Barwin. He would really help the saints attitude on defense with leadership.. otherwise no thanks on cooks

  32. @captainwhodat says:
    Mar 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    Yeah because the Titans have been so good lately SMH…actually, the Titans, with a young team, had a better record than the Aint’s last year…if case you need reminding, the Aint’s-with their 5,000 passing yd QB-have been 7-9 the past three years…you probably are suffering from a post Mardi Gras hangover…
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    He said win a SB not have a better record than the Saints. Slight difference!

  33. @ traneweb says:
    Mar 2, 2017 3:35 PM

    I’d trade Kendricks and Agholor. That would give the Saints two starters, a former #1 and #2, for one. Those Saint fans that would expect a 1st or 2nd round pick should forget it because that’ll never happen. If he’s so great why do the Saints want to trade him?
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    I want you in my fantasy football league…Cooks for Kendricks and Agholor…DONE!!!

  34. Those teams reached or to the Saints. So they have the leverage. Cooks was a 1st and has played up to potential. He garners no less than a 1st.

  35. All the eagles should care about is building up the Oline and secondary. All this talk about getting a wr or rb and trading for/paying them is stupid. We don’t have all of our picks and we don’t have a lot of cap room. Next year is a building/development year. We won’t compete for much of anything. Protect the kid qb and get talent in the secondary. Just do that.

  36. I’d be interested to see if the patriots do anything. I remember 2 years ago, bill bellichick was very complimentary of him. It seemed really genuine too and the patriots don’t have a WR like him.

    Malcomon mitchell is probably their fastest wr at 4.45 (cooks ran a 4.33 and has shown to have football speed…i remember his stupid 98 yard td against my raiders)

    Cooks could probably run a lot of plays that moss did.

    oddly, moss was also really complimentary of cooks too…but maybe that’s also just media talk.

  37. There’s a team option in his contract for 2018. He doesn’t become a FA until after that if the team picks up his option. That gives the Eagles, were they to acquire him, plenty of time to negotiate a long term deal. Remember too, the team has the option of franchising him for 2019 if they wanted to at that time (which I’d agree is highly unlikely).

  38. That’d be fine with me but I doubt it’d be enough for the Saints. Maybe if the draft pick were a 3rd. I want Cooks too. He’s better than any WR we could draft because he a sure thing and still only 23.

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