Report: Patriots offered 32nd pick for Brandin Cooks

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The Saints want a “significant return” for receiver Brandin Cooks. The last pick in round one apparently isn’t significant enough.

Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Patriots have offered the 32nd selection for Cooks, and that the Saints declined. It’s unclear whether the Patriots offered more picks or whether the Saints have countered.

The Eagles and Titans also were reportedly interested in Cooks. They hold picks No. 14 and 18, respectively, in round one. Coincidentally, Cooks is now represented by Bruce and Ryan Tollner. They also represent Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Cooks, a first-round pick in 2014, has one year left on his rookie deal along with the fifth-year option, which must be exercised by May 3. Reports that Cooks is frustrated in the New Orleans offense surfaced in December.

The Saints have a history of moving on from talented skill-position players, including tight end Jimmy Graham, receiver Kenny Stills, and running backs Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles.

85 responses to “Report: Patriots offered 32nd pick for Brandin Cooks

  1. Not buying it. Probably made up. Bill isn’t offering a first round pick and paying a guy big money. Never done anything like that.

  2. According to the same sources, a UFO landed in Foxboro the other night and asked for Gronk to be returned.

    THAT is how ridiculous this reporter’s story is. BB has been the HC of the Pats for 17 years and has never drafted a WR in the first round. He JUST won the superbowl with a WR corps that included 2 UDFA’s (Amendola and Hogan), a 7th round pick (Edelman) and a late 4th round pick (Mitchell). Please explain to me why Cooks (no doubt a fine receiver) would be worth a #1 pick from the Pats. Floyd might be a better prospect and he’d cost a third what the Pats would have to pay for Cooks.

    Another prime example of the “make it up as we go along” wing of sports media.

  3. Eagles may as well offer them #14 in the draft. With their track record, they won’t end up with anyone better if they use the draft pick.

  4. I’m glad they refused the offer…..
    We don’t need to give up that pick for a receiver…..don’t even understand the thought process if it’s true they went after him….

  5. The Saints front office can’t be as dumb as Pat’s fans.

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    just curious, professor hayseed:

    who is pat and what is he possessing?

    lmao

  6. “saints might be the dumbest front office, this
    side of the jets, in the entire league”

    Maybe so, but not over Brandin Cooks. Me-first, 3-foot-8 receivers are a dime a dozen in this league. Saints rolled up 49 points in one game and he’s bitching cause he didn’t even get a target.

    Saints have Michael Thomas who has the size and ability to produce the way Cooks can’t on a consistent basis. Plus, the Saints tried to sell that Cooks would be a special teams force when he was drafted, and Cooks isn’t on special teams any more.

    Cooks is a one-dimensional deep threat. The Saints offense continues to thrive no matter who Drew Brees has at WR. They’re in a 7-9 rut because they can’t figure out the defense. If trading Cooks could lead to some defensive help, go for it. It worked in getting a good center in Max Unger for Jimmy Graham, which has helped Brees stay upright and productive.

  7. God glad some of you don’t run the saints. He’s worth more than the 32nd pick. Proven wr coming off back to back 1100 yard seasons with 17 tds and 4.3 speed. I’ll take a proven wr anyway over some late first rounder who may bust. Cooks is under control for the next two years at a cheap price. Pats fans are delusional.

  8. This trade is entertaining but it doesn’t make much sense. Cooks is a slot receiver, just like Edelman. Patriots could use some help on the outside, like from Marshall or Britt. But they aren’t gonna be taking Edelman off the field.

  9. “tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:39 PM
    The Saints front office can’t be as dumb as Pat’s fans.

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    just curious, professor hayseed:

    who is pat and what is he possessing?

    lmao”
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    KA~POW!

    Well Done tylawspick6…

  10. New England tried unsuccessfully to trade Jaime Collins for Cooks back in October. They also tried to swing a deal for Hopkins at the same time. Belichick likes and respects Cook’s game.

  11. With needs at TE, Outside LB, Inside LB and possibly cornerback it makes no sense for NE to trade for a deep threat that would take away from filling the needs. I suspect the teams had exploratory talks but no offer was made and the discussion became a firm offer in the Saint’s view to inflate Cook’s value. The silly season is upon us making all these idiotic rumors into facts – like the one sending Romo to Washington. Rapoport and unnamed sources have made a mockery of news reporting.

  12. He’s worth a 1st rounder plus a 2nd-3rd, and Mariota’s agent also reps him. Would’ve loved him on Pats, but I think he ends up a Titan.

  13. @tylawspick6

    How do you figure? Cooks is said to be unhappy so Saints are trying to get max value for a player that doesn’t want to be there. Sounds like a very Patriot thing to do.

  14. A first round pick for a one dimensional guy like cooks?! lol April fools day has come early.

    The pats are the SB champs and the greatest dynasty in in the SB era, they did not get that way by doing stupid things like this lol!

  15. Saints shouldn’t take anything that is less than a 1st plus something.

    Cooks is too young, too healthy and is a proven 1st round talent.

    Any 1st they take is a roll of the dice to even come close to the talent that have in Cooks.

  16. If you think he isn’t worth more than that, then you’re completely ignorant. He’s a top 10 WR who was a first round pick, in which they traded up for him. There isn’t a better route runner in the league, and he’s probably the fastest. Also, despite what everyone thinks, he isn’t a diva. He’s had One incident, and other than that he’s been a model citizen. He will fetch them a mid-to-high first round pick and he will receive around $15M/year and he will most definitely deserve it .

  17. Why draft and hope….just wait til a guy proves his worth then give a team the pick you would have used on his revealed talent anyways. That means you hit on 90-100% of your picks.

  18. Cooks is worth a mid first round and a third round pick. It is very likely somebody will pay. (A swap of first round picks with the Titans, both of their picks for the Saints pick and Cooks, is the most likely trade.) Not very often does a proven 23-year-old WR’s with back to back 1,100-yard seasons come on the market.

    And anyone who thinks Cooks is a Slot Receiver has not watched him play.

    A few years ago, Percy Harvin was traded for a 1st, 3rd and 7th round pick and he has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season.

    Very likely the Titans, Eagles or some other team step up to the plate and try to get this done. If not, no problem, he can play for the Saints for two more years.

  19. gbpackfan3 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:55 PM
    This trade is entertaining but it doesn’t make much sense. Cooks is a slot receiver, just like Edelman. Patriots could use some help on the outside, like from Marshall or Britt. But they aren’t gonna be taking Edelman off the field.


    Cooks is not a slot receiver. Willie Snead is the Saints’ slot receiver.

  20. The Pats and Saints scrimmage with each other during training camp, and I recall BB giving praise to Cooks after one of their practices. There could be truth to this in regard to the Pats being interested, but a 1st overall….

  21. patfanken says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:17 PM

    According to the same sources, a UFO landed in Foxboro the other night and asked for Gronk to be returned.

    THAT is how ridiculous this reporter’s story is. BB has been the HC of the Pats for 17 years and has never drafted a WR in the first round. He JUST won the superbowl with a WR corps that included 2 UDFA’s (Amendola and Hogan), a 7th round pick (Edelman) and a late 4th round pick (Mitchell). Please explain to me why Cooks (no doubt a fine receiver) would be worth a #1 pick from the Pats. Floyd might be a better prospect and he’d cost a third what the Pats would have to pay for Cooks.

    Another prime example of the “make it up as we go along” wing of sports media.
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    True. Bill looks for soldiers, not warriors, not heroes; soldiers, good soldiers. Only room for one hero on the team and that’s Brady.

  22. Pats going to have to pony up more than that for Cooks. Not sure why the Saints want to get rid of him, though, as he’s a baller.

  23. .
    Belichick was very complementary of Cooks during the Saint-Patriots joint practices. However it’s something that just doesn’t add up. WR is not a position of need. They have 13 free agents primarily on the defensive side of the ball. New England is going to need that pick as they are certain to lose some of these guys.

    Moreover the Patriots know that Titans GM (a former Pat personnel guy) is hot after Cooks It’s unlikely that Belichick would be driving up the price on him

  24. As a Saints fan, I’m sick of them trading talented, skilled players. There’s NO WAY they should be trading such a talented, young asset as Brandin Cooks.

    They are going to hold on to Drew Brees past his expiration date and become the “Lakers” of the NFL. Remember how they held on to Kobe Bryant too long? Now they are perennial cellar dwellers.

    I can’t wait until Mickey Loomis’ first name is “Former Saints GM!”

  25. Saints just leaking fake stuff to get over on the eagles or Titans, they won’t fall for it. They’ll get a 3rd rounder and like it.

  26. To acquire him another team is going to have to offer something worth 1100 yards and 8 td’s a year for the next two to three years, and that is more than just a draft pick. What some people are failing to understand is that the Saints aren’t the ones pushing for a trade. He has new agents that don’t get paid until he gets a new contract, and the fastest way to do that is with a trade to another team.

    From the Saints perspective, unlike a draft pick he’s a sure thing, he’s under contract for this coming season, they can exercise his fifth year option for 2018, and then they could even franchise tag him in 2019. Drew Brees, coincidentally, probably only has 2-3 years left in his career. Don’t you think it makes more sense to keep Cooks for him to use, especially at relatively cheap salaries the next two years? They may trade him, but it will have to be a very favorable exchange.

  27. Pats just taking the piss with a cheeky offer.

    Depends, if there are more than two dogs in this fight it could get good. After all- what did the Flacons give up for Hulio Hones?

  28. I think Ariani1985 makes a good point although the Pats fans are voting it down: “He would hate it there since Tom doesn’t throw down field.”

    TB12 is spraying it all over a 20-30 yard range with TE’s and smaller receivers making hay- Gronk, Hernandez, Bennett, Welker, Amendola, Edelman, et al. HOWEVER, maybe…just maybe BB is ahead of everyone and preparing for the Garoppolo era and an entirely different offensive look…uh, oh…maybe JG is the real deal. #thinkingahead #realdeal

  29. I do not believe this report. Belichick will be looking to rebuild the defense after free agency. He would never spend a first round pick on a receiver. This is total bull crap.

  30. The poster above is correct that the Pats don’t take WR’s in the 1st rd. However, there is fewer than 20 true 1st rd talents in this draft, so if you could get a true #1 WR for the 32nd pick, you gotta do your due dilligence!

  31. There are just too many fast and talented receivers in the draft this year to play that game IMHO.
    Ya they all arent as fast as Cooks but they are big fast with good hands. Teams needing a receiver or Tight End will find talent this year in round one and two

  32. Said former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, “We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game, and everyone attempted to do that.” Admitted former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson: “When I came into the NFL, back in 1989, I talked to a Kansas City scout and he said, ‘Here’s what we do, we videotape the opposing team’s signals and then we sync it up with the game film.’ So I did it.” Bragged, former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan: “Our guy keeps a pair of binoculars on their signal-callers every game, with any luck, we have their defensive signals figured out by halftime. Sometimes, by the end of the first quarter.”

  33. Glad so see the Saints not wanting to do business with cheaters.

    ******

    You’re so obsessed with the patriots, it’s sad.

    Double dealing don is an actual cheater, no the GOAT coach with 7 rings.

  34. Brees’ contract for years, has been holding this team back from retooling. They have made some nice selections but they need impact players instead of pieces.

    Cooks is a nice player but maybe he is overrated playing in an offense where he gets lots of targets. Obviously the Saints don’t think as highly of him as he does himself so they are going to get the jump to see if they can recoup something for him. It’s unlikely to net a 1st rd for a slot receiver as the slot position is the easiest to fill . By no means am I trying to downshift Cooks skills, he is as good a slot guy as their is in the NFL with a unique skill set in that he is a superior athlete in the slot capable of making big plays. He even got deep more than a few times last season so it seems he’s rounding into form which it puzzling as to why they would want to move him. I know he made some comments that he was unhappy about how he was being used last year.

  35. wow how generous to offer the last pick in the first round for an established pro bowl young WR.

    now kick it up to the Pat’s 1st in ’17, a 2nd in ’17, their first in ’18 and Garoppolo and you are starting to sniff Cooks worth.

  36. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:32 PM
    He would hate it there since Tom doesn’t throw down field.

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    While the best quarterback in history is winning Super Bowls and MVP’s with throws all over the field, I’m pretty sure they can take it from here pal.

    Thanks for the erroneous analysis though. Good luck to you and whatever losing entity you root for.

  37. droppedinagreasefire says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:36 AM
    It’s funny how all the basement Cheetah fan boys know more about their team then BB does.
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    Nobody questions BB. Not in NE. The questioning here is the accuracy of the media report (and also whether or not you have any reading comprehension).

  38. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:37 AM

    Glad so see the Saints not wanting to do business with cheaters.
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    Glad to see you are still obsessing. It’s March 5th, you know. Have a nice off season. And remember, the Patriots are world champions, again.

  39. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:37 AM
    Glad so see the Saints not wanting to do business…
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    If you are going to comment on off season football you should probably learn something about it. New Orleans and New England are frequent trade partners, there have been 3 trades between them in the last 2 years alone.

  40. Pat Hater here. I find it interesting all the comments that Brady doesn’t throw the ball down the field. He certainly has against my team, with much success I might add. Five SBS don’t lie.

  41. A team would be better off using it’s first round pick to draft a receiver or sign one in free agency because if they trade all that the Saints want then they’ll have to resign Cooks to a big contract too.

  42. 6ball says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:06 AM
    .
    Belichick was very complementary of Cooks during the Saint-Patriots joint practices. However it’s something that just doesn’t add up. WR is not a position of need….
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    I don’t know, an outside the numbers real deep threat would be a nice Pats addition. That would help to open up the middle of the field for what the Pats and Brady do best, and have great success at even without a top 10 deep threat.

    If true, and the Saints had bit, that would have been excellent value for Cooks given that he is still under his rookie contract and is for two more seasons assuming his option is picked up (which I am sure it will be whether he is with the Saints or another team).

    Although Hogan played well for the Pats last season, a Brandin Cooks on the Pats would be the first true real deep threat the Pats have had since Moss. Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell are not that level of deep threat. Really, a healthy Gronk threatening the safeties on seam routes is arguably the best Pats best deep threat.

  43. idiedpretty says:
    Mar 5, 2017 10:39 AM
    Pat Hater here.
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    We all know that chipster. And we all know Brady was the 2nd most accurate downfield passer in the league this year. Most of us also know whatever ariani posts the opposite is true.

  44. droppedinagreasefire says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:36 AM
    It’s funny how all the basement Cheetah fan boys know more about their team then BB does.
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    funny how you don’t know the difference between “then” and “than.”

  45. dickshotdogs says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:59 PM
    New England tried unsuccessfully to trade Jaime Collins for Cooks back in October. They also tried to swing a deal for Hopkins at the same time. Belichick likes and respects Cook’s game.

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    I actually did not know about that. But I’m not sure it means much about how much Belichick “likes and respects Cook’s game” if he then went on to trade Collins for a bag of chips. It might have been more about just wanting one more long ball guy for the stretch. Even if he ultimately found he did not need that after all.

  46. ikeclanton says:
    Mar 5, 2017 10:12 AM
    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:32 PM
    He would hate it there since Tom doesn’t throw down field.

    —-

    While the best quarterback in history is winning Super Bowls and MVP’s with throws all over the field, I’m pretty sure they can take it from here pal.

    Thanks for the erroneous analysis though. Good luck to you and whatever losing entity you root for.

    ————

    The poor sap is a Vikings fan

  47. saints might be the dumbest front office, this
    side of the jets, in the entire league
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    Thats Jeff Ireland for you

  48. .
    @whywerule

    Spot on analysis…….. Perhaps having this discussion after the free agency period would have been wiser. I’d love to see Cooks in a Patriots uniform. However, I’m very concerned about Hightower, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Bennett etc. If some of them leave, I certainly would not like to be waiting until pick #64 to remedy the situation.
    .

  49. He would hate it there since Tom doesn’t throw down field.

    ******

    sammy two sleeves just threw another checkdown short of the sticks on 3rd and 9

  50. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:37 AM
    Glad so see the Saints not wanting to do business with cheaters.

    0 22

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    You poor tortured soul!!!

  51. If I was a GM I would never trade with the pats. For some reason they always came out the winners. I haven’t watch Cook play much but as a Dolphins fan, I remember watching Wes Welker play and it always seem when ever the ball was in his hands he would make a big play and I would think to myself why in the hell this guy is not given more playing time. Miami ended up trading him for a 2nd and a 7 th rd pick. While Welker went on to have a great career, Miami got Samson Satele who was a good center but never had the production that Welker had. If this rumor is true then both the Saints and Pats know what kind of player Cook is.

  52. flipola says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:29 AM
    Saints just leaking fake stuff to get over on the eagles or Titans, they won’t fall for it. They’ll get a 3rd rounder and like it.

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    Some people believe anything they hear on the radio. WHY would the Saints trade Cooks, who is under contract this year for $1.5M, for a third round pick? He is coming off of back to back 1,100+ yard seasons. In 2018, the Saints could pick up his fifth year option for about $8.5M, so the next two year, a 23 year old WR, who will be 25 in two years, can be kept on the team for about $10M. THEN, in two year, they could just let Cooks walk in Free Agency and they would be due a Third Round Compensatory pick, because he would almost certainly get a contract from another team in Free Agency that would qualify for the highest level compensatory pick.

    Cooks is available, for at least a mid First Round pick and a Third Round pick. That’s pretty much the price to pay for a WR of his age and talent level. Very likely somebody pays that price, sure thing WR’s who are back to back 1,100 yard guys don’t become available very often. Any team who needs such a player could just roll the dice on a draft pick and get a 50/50 shot of maybe having a halfway decent player in a couple of years.

  53. greenwhodat26 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 10:49 PM
    If you think he isn’t worth more than that, then you’re completely ignorant. He’s a top 10 WR who was a first round pick, in which they traded up for him. There isn’t a better route runner in the league, and he’s probably the fastest. Also, despite what everyone thinks, he isn’t a diva. He’s had One incident, and other than that he’s been a model citizen. He will fetch them a mid-to-high first round pick and he will receive around $15M/year and he will most definitely deserve it .

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Here’s a list off the top of my head who are better than B Cooks:

    Julio
    Brown
    Beckham
    AJ Green
    D Bryant
    M Thomas
    Jordy Nelson
    M Crabtree
    M Evans
    Hilton
    Demaryius Thomas
    Amari Cooper
    Jarvis Landry
    Terrell Pryor
    Sanders
    Hopkins
    Edelman
    Jeffery – if he wasn’t made of glass

    So yeah, Cooks might be in the top 30

  54. Am I the only one questioning why the Saints are dumping another young wide out ? First it was Kenny Still and now Bradin Cooks ? I dont follow the Saints that closely but seem like Peyton maybe buying into his own ego a bit.

  55. It really baffles me when I read some of these posts and realize how many people don’t know absolutely anything about football…..

    Why would BB want Cooks somebody asked ?
    Cooks takes the top off of a D and his contract is peanuts and he’s good and he’s durable and he sure as heck isn’t a slot WR like someone said. Slot WRs don’t catch 20 TDs and go for 2,200 yds in 2 years….

    Why would SP want to trade Cooks somebody asked ? Cooks was crying about is role, Saints need to improve their D, and it doesn’t matter who comes and goes on that offense, its a machine led by a Hall of Fame QB who will score an abundance of points no matter who is out there….

  56. “gimmeabruschi says:
    Mar 4, 2017 9:08 PM
    No Surprise. Bill can’t draft a wide receiver to save his life.”

    He’s had some busts, for sure. He also drafted Julian Edelman, who has 350+ catches and two rings in the last four seasons. And that Deion Branch, who won Super Bowl MVP in 2004.

    I think it’s funny when people criticize BB for his WR drafting. It’s like saying Picasso was a bad sculptor.

  57. Here’s a list off the top of my head who are better than B Cooks:

    Julio
    Brown
    Beckham
    AJ Green
    D Bryant
    M Thomas
    Jordy Nelson
    M Crabtree
    M Evans
    Hilton
    Demaryius Thomas
    Amari Cooper
    Jarvis Landry
    Terrell Pryor
    Sanders
    Hopkins
    Edelman
    Jeffery – if he wasn’t made of glass
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    You listed 18 guys. Cooks is better than Pryor (I like Pryor, but he’s not as good as Cooks yet), Crabtree (lol really?), Edelman (2 1K seasons in 8 years, Cooks has 2 in 3 years), A Jeffery (he is made of glass), D Thomas (as soft as they come) for sure. That puts him in the top 15. And there are a couple other guys on your list (Sanders, M Thomas, Nelson) that you could argue he’s as good as if not better. So that actually puts him in the range of top 10-12. And I am a Titans fan. So I’d prefer to get him as cheap as possible. But your list actually strengthened the argument FOR giving up a 1st round pick. Well done. I mean he was 7th in receiving yards last year & 9th in TDs. What else do you need?

  58. Crabtree, Landry, Pryor (who I can’t even believe is on this list), Hopkins, Edelman, and Amari not better than Cooks….

    And you can make a strong argument that Cooks is better than Demaryius, Alshon, and Hilton….

    I’m wondering how in he heck is Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitz, and Doug Baldwin not on that list ???

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