Saints ship Brandin Cooks to Patriots

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It started with the Patriots offering a first-round pick to the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks. It’s ending with the pot being sweetened a bit more and a deal being done.

PFT has confirmed that the Cooks, a first-round pick in 2014, will be traded to the Patriots. The deal was first reported by Diana Russini of ESPN.

The deal consists of the 32nd overall pick going to the Saints, along with a third-round pick in exchange for Cooks and the Saints’ fourth-round pick.

Cooks, as noted by Adam Schefter of ESPN, had a $781,599 roster bonus due Monday. The Patriots will be on the hook for that payment.

The departure of Cooks became a foregone conclusion once the Saints signed speedy receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Cooks expressed frustration last week about his role with the team, and now he’ll have none.

197 responses to “Saints ship Brandin Cooks to Patriots

  1. Spoiled in Patriot nation………That’s world champion Patriot nation. No. Days. Off.

  2. Love it….now other teams have to worry about the deep ball in addition to Gronk and Edleman underneath.

  3. Good riddance, out of the NFC South. The Saints continue to spiral back down, where they belong

  4. Dear God.
    The only team that ever got better in free agency after winning a super bowl

  5. Wonder why the Patriots are the best franchise in the NFL, beyond having the Greatest Coach and the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time, they seem to get crap done to be the best. Sad that most of us have to watch this while our teams fiddle their thumbs hoping for diamonds in the rough or draft day steals to become like them!

  6. It feels like they are going all in for another ring here, but in reality they can get this back and more by dealing jimmy g.

  7. I swear the Patriots operate in real life how most user franchiser operate on Madden.

    Now sit back and watch them flip Butler and Garoppolo for 1st round picks.

    It’s ridiculous.

  8. Not a Pats fan nor a hater but these guys work the draft like nobody else. Calm, methodical and love to not have top picks. It helps that they’re so good at finding role players.

  9. Okay, but the Patriots lose their highest 4th round pick because of “Deflategate” – at the moment, that’s the pick they got from Seattle in a trade last draft. Will that shift now, or are the draft picks officially locked in after the comp picks get assigned?

  10. NO MALCOLM BUTLER!!!!!!!

    Foborough is going to be a no fly zone!! Gilmore, Malcolm, Devin, Harmon, Patty Chung!

    LOWERING THE STICK!!

    Please resign HT though

  11. I remember really liking Cooks out of college, and then he ran a 4.33 at the combine.

    A legit Number 1 receiver unlike anything Brady has had since Moss. Belichick is going off this off season. The Patriots have gotten better already even before the draft.

  12. Terri pet: Cooks a head case when he is not getting the ball he has a temper tantrum let’s see how the five yard passer handles it.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Brady doesn't have to handle it, Bill takes care of those things….coming from a Pack fan.

  13. Once again, the Patriots will cash in when Cooks leaves for a big money deal and they get a high compensatory pick back. Simply Genius.

    I wish Rick Spielman could work & deal half as well as the Patriots. Damn man.

    It makes sense for the Patriots to do this. Brady is nearing the end sadly, but man I will enjoy watching him for his final 3-5 years. Hope he gets that 6 or 7th before he walks away to stuff it to Goodell even more. Especially when they rename the Lombardi after Brady or Belichick.

  14. Wow.

    Well, Belichick said he knew when Brady was going to call it quits.

    Looks like they’ve gone all in for a back to back ride off into the sunset.

    Good for you, chowds.

    Enjoy the ride, history dictates that it won’t last forever.

    Or, in this case, past 2017.

    Too bad Carr busted his leg. It would’ve been nice to play the patsies in Oakland, but alas not to be.

    We’re Still Here.

    RAIDER NATION

  15. That is a steal for the Patriots. In essence getting an experiened yet young WR for the 32nd pick of the draft. Have a feeling that BB may be picking up some more draft picks with JG’s situation yet to be resolved.

  16. terripet says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:53 PM
    Cooks a head case when he is not getting the ball he has a temper tantrum let’s see how the five yard passer handles it

    ————

    No the 5 yard passer would be Andrew Luck…..of course he is also the 5 interception passer

  17. Can Brady even throw it deep anymore. All I ever see is 5 yard check downs; how will Cooks fit it Bill. Brady hears footsteps and releases to the check down because he cannot wait for Cooks to get away from the CB check.

  18. CryBabyNation showing their immaturity…..champs have class and don’t show their a-s…be a champ not a chump…Brady and Bill will be gone sooner than you troll’s think…enjoy.

  19. Not a Pats fan by any means but how can you hate? Seriously they make smart decisions by stock piling picks in the past and turn them into players. Congrats to them they now how to make deals that wont hurt them to get players everyone else can’t get. Don’t like them but respect them. How can you hate a team that knows they have a limited window with Brady and make the moves to keep them on position to win again and again and again. Respect from this Bronco fan. You wanna be the best you gotta beat them. Good luck on a healthy year

  20. Damn,
    the rest of the league is put on notice.
    I hope they keep Jimmy G too. Mullman is right, it won’t last forever. But at least 1 or 2 more years barring injury.

    Fixin’ for 6!

  21. You gotta admire the Patriots Management, coming off a Super Bowl victory, not in Salary Cap hell and still improving their team..

    signed a Packers fan

  22. redclaw1314 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:58 PM
    Roger, can’t something be done about this?
    Signed: NFL owners

    ———————–

    Hold my beer

  23. Pats fans will cheer about anything. You guys could sign Blane gabbert and deem it the most brilliant move ever made in the history of football. I hope you embrace these times because once Brady and BB retire you guys will just have to think about the good old days.

  24. unbiasednfltruth says:
    And if Cleveland gives the #1 overall for Jimmy G then they also get Myles…

    Cleveland has two No. 1 picks. If they trade one for Jimmy G then it will be the No. 12 overall, not No. 1 overall, and they aren’t getting Myles at No. 12. Not even the Browns are that dumb.

  25. bigbluefandom says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:04 PM
    Where were all these front runner Patriots fans when they lost to the Giants? LOL! There will be one more round and it will be 3-0

    Foxboro (Gillette Stadium) has sold out every single game since opening day back in 2001. As far as the Giants, what the hell have you done lately. NOTHING! Stop living in the past.

  26. Yay Butler will still be a Patriot !!!!!!

    Bill’s going wild in FA like I can’t remember him ever doing before. He, Brady and Kraft want that 6th ring bad !

    “Can Brady even throw it deep anymore.

    Um, Pats were #2 in the league last season in completions of 20 yards or greater in the air. And the whole NFL world saw him hitting 40 and 50 yard bombs in the playoffs but al you saw were checkdowns SMH

  27. saintdatazz says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:08 PM
    Can Brady even throw it deep anymore. All I ever see is 5 yard check downs; how will Cooks fit it Bill. Brady hears footsteps and releases to the check down because he cannot wait for Cooks to get away from the CB check.
    =======================

    Not sure what it is you are watching when you are ‘seeing’ all these 5 yard check downs, the rest of us saw 2017’s 2nd ranked QB in Y/A and downfield accuracy. And that was without a legit outside burner.

  28. I know Brady has said he wants to play 2-3 more years, but it sure feels like the Pats are going all in for his 40th.
    ****************************
    Brady said he wants to play 5 more.

  29. So how are def going to roll safety coverage to Gronk/slot side when Cooks is blowing the top of the back end? Even if Cooks is just a decoy, it will really impact what coverage can be used on the underneath routes.

  30. Like the signing. Don’t fool yourselves. Lombardi was the best ever. That’s why the championship trophy carries his moniker. Belichick is good but character counts….and Belichick has a deficiency there. Lombardi was a philosopher coach…who never had a losing season….GB or Washington.

  31. If I’m an NFL GM and Belichick calls me about making a trade, I hang up. He fleeces everybody. A 2000 version of Jimmy Johnson.

  32. I guess the geniuses who said the Saints would be lucky to get a second round pick for Cooks and would most likely only get a third are nowhere to be found now?

    This is a good trade for both teams. The Pats need a true #1 and they got one in Cooks. The Saints shipped off “their” #2 WR for a 1st and 3rd (had to send a 4th back) and can now go Defense, Defense and Joker Offensive player in first and second, then Defense and best OT available in third.

    Pats will now trade JG for a ransom and reload for ANOTHER Super Bowl.

    By the way, The Falcons blew a 25 point lead and lost the Super Bowl. Hahahahaha

  33. Pats fans will cheer about anything. You guys could sign Blane gabbert and deem it the most brilliant move ever made in the history of football. I hope you embrace these times because once Brady and BB retire you guys will just have to think about the good old days.

    ——————————————————–

    You mean we won’t have a dynasty forever? Thanks for the heads up, we didn’t realize that. Unfortunately for you, the Pat’s are still in full dynasty mode right now so shut up and take your beating like a man.

  34. It’ll be a sad sad day when in the playoffs, after the Patriots go all in on one last year….and….

    Derek Carr spoils their season.

    🙂

  35. A first and a third.

    They probably didn’t like the wide receivers in the draft.

    Or the guy they wanted was projected to be taken before 32.

    So they use a draft pick to get a proven commodity.

    An embarrassment of riches.

  36. bigbluefandom says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:04 PM
    Where were all these front runner Patriots fans when they lost to the Giants? LOL! There will be one more round and it will be 3-0.

    ——————

    What year was that again? Glad its still enough to satisfy.

  37. I like Cooks a lot, but I thought a 1st was too much. A first plus seems like way too much

    Unrelated to the price, but I find it odd that Belicheck would be so high on this guy after he publicly stated his displeasure about the Saints offense last year. Making him, to my knowledge, the first unhappy receiver to ever play with Drew Brees

  38. Wow, the trolls are wearing out their sock drawers pulling all these puppets out. Just look at all the patsanoia up in here. Thanks to the legit fans of other teams for showing some respect for the way the Pats are going after it.
    Ice up trolls, the beatings will continue until morale improves,

  39. “Foxboro (Gillette Stadium) has sold out every single game since opening day back in 2001. ”

    Huh? When did you become a fan??? Biggest bandwagon fan base since the 80’s 49ers.

  40. Far stretch to say it was an inevitable move after signing Ginn. Ginn is not a starting caliber NFL receiver, unless you’re talking about the Panthers who literally have no wide receivers. This is great news though for Thomas and my dynasty squad.

  41. I’m starting to think that this is going to be Brady’s last go-round. Loading up for one last air-raid, get him some more records, and then JG comes in

  42. “Cooks is a TURF/INDOOR receiver who could not make it work with Brees”

    So over 1100 yards each of the last 2 seasons, 84 catches and 9 TDs in 2015 and 78 catches and 8 TDs last season somehow “isn’t making it work”?

    Really ? Just out of curiosity, what would a receiver have to have in yards, receptions and TDs to be considered “making it work” by your ridiculous standards?

    Something tells me Cooks will “not make it work” at least as well in Foxboro as he did for the Saints, and he’ll be a major asset for the Pats.

  43. terripet says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:53 PM
    Cooks a head case when he is not getting the ball he has a temper tantrum let’s see how the five yard passer handles it
    ________________________________

    That five yard passer lead the league in passes over 20, but keep thinking that.

  44. thecape15 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:31 PM
    A first and a third.
    ====================

    Keep in mind in addition to Cooks they are getting back the Saints 4th, that represents about a 20 spot drop from the 3rd they are giving up.

  45. I didn’t expect the Pats to trade for a 4th round pick. The bizarre Deflategate penalty docks them the highest pick they have in the round. Now they have three, of which the Saints’ pick is the highest. So that’s the one that will be forfeited.

  46. If I’m an NFL GM and Belichick calls me about making a trade, I hang up. He fleeces everybody.
    ———————————————————-
    It didn’t help the Saints that Cooks made it known he wasn’t happy. You factor that in with how he may have been acting in the locker room and he forced their hand.

    The 32nd pick in the draft is better than a guy who may have become a cancer. Ideally, it’s a win-win.

    Now BB gives him the same kool aid he’s given Dillon, Moss, Blount and others and Cooks becomes a cog in a Super Bowl contending machine……

  47. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM
    CryBabyNation showing their immaturity…..champs have class and don’t show their a-s…be a champ not a chump…Brady and Bill will be gone sooner than you troll’s think…enjoy.

    —————–

    Wow. Just wow.

  48. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:36 PM
    “Foxboro (Gillette Stadium) has sold out every single game since opening day back in 2001. ”

    Huh? When did you become a fan??? Biggest bandwagon fan base since the 80’s 49ers.

    Actually have sold out EVERY game since 1994

  49. Saintdatazz, you kill me. All the losing the last 4 years must have caused ptsd. And to all giants fans, I can only hope we see your sorry team in the sb. Only wrong left to right.

  50. This story will smash whatever the previous record was on PFT of haters and trolls on one PFT story.In my opinion though just another case of having to hand the credit to the Pats. They win on the field and then make the best moves of most all other front offices , then they just repeat the cycle again. They’re just the best at being the best. Plain and simple.

  51. Who kidnapped Bellicheck and where is he? This is the third deal that is very non BB like. But I love it!
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    ????????
    In fact it’s so typical of Belichick.

  52. whispersd says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:41 PM
    I didn’t expect the Pats to trade for a 4th round pick. The bizarre Deflategate penalty docks them the highest pick they have in the round. Now they have three, of which the Saints’ pick is the highest. So that’s the one that will be forfeited.

    ———————

    Thats a good point. I wonder if they might send it back out in another deal.

  53. superpatsfan5 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:48 PM

    And to all giants fans, I can only hope we see your sorry team in the sb. Only wrong left to right.

    ——————————

    Thats not likely. The Giants aren’t a year in year out contender like the Pats. Aside from those 2 good moments they have otherwise struggled.

    I think any serious competition in 2017 comes from Oakland and Dallas.

  54. Good deal for both teams. Saints got to use him for a couple yrs and because they got the deal in time they’ll close to a million in the salary cap because the Pats will now have to pick up his salary cap. Also Cooks will be looking for a big pay day next year.

    Saints end up with a 1st rd pick and basically turn their 4th rd pick into a 3rd and basically get rid of a future headache.

  55. When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL,,,,,,

    You do the math here, no doubt it wins but it’s checkdown city.

  56. pittsburghdamned says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:54 PM
    And Edelman the Steeler killer goes to the bench.

    Good Move

    —————-

    You are wrong on who the odd man out will be.

  57. If they trade Garoppolo to Cleveland for the #33 pick, it means they got Cooks to move down one spot.
    Browns would be stupid to give up either first rounder for Garappolo.

  58. bigbluefandom says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:04 PM

    Where were all these front runner Patriots fans when they lost to the Giants? LOL! There will be one more round and it will be 3-0.
    =================================

    The Giants aren’t seeing another Super Bowl this generation….

  59. Big Ant TV says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:51 PM
    MEMO TOO THE OTHER 31 NFL TEAMS
    stop making the PATRIOTS BETTER sheesh
    tom brady will retire with 6-7 rings most likely

    Big Ant TY. Its insane. U mean 2 tell me no other team would have given them their late 1st and a 3rd for Cooks? Come on. Then the Colts giving Allen for a 4th? Seriously. How about you shop around? They offered a 4th hey ask a TE needy team like the Giants and say hey they offered a 4th BB is on hold would you offer a 4th and a 5th? Yes ok he’s yours. No ok I’ll give him to the Pats. GM’s, you do know we have to play them eventually, uhhhhhh don’t make it harder idiots. It’s like trading the Cavs James Harden for a 2nd in 2030. SMH.

  60. redclaw1314 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:58 PM
    Roger, can’t something be done about this?
    Signed: NFL owners

    ***********************************
    Roger: I tried. I had Ted Wells make a bogus report. Even got the courts to buy into it.

    Didn’t work.

    Now, I’m expected to go to Foxboro for the season opener and watch them raise a banner. I don’t want to go, trying to figure out how to get out of it.

  61. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:31 PM
    It’ll be a sad sad day when in the playoffs, after the Patriots go all in on one last year….and….

    Derek Carr spoils their season.

    ———

    Most hilarious post here yet!

    Thank you.

  62. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:34 PM
    I jumped and clicked my heels with excitement when I read this!
    ====================

    Were you wearing your ruby slippers chipster?

  63. Can’t believe that the Saints are banking on Ted Ginn. Too many drops and when he catches the ball he runs out of bounds to avoid taking hit. Hope the Saints draft a WR cause they are gonna need one.

  64. Browns need a QB.
    No one better than Jimmy in the first round (and none have proven NFL experience and top-flight Patriots coaching, obviously). Crazy not to trade a first and more for a franchise QB.

  65. The Patriots just won their second super bowl in two years. 5th in 15 years. More to come. No doubt.

  66. Lancane says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:55 PM
    Wonder why the Patriots are the best franchise in the NFL, beyond having the Greatest Coach and the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time, they seem to get crap done to be the best. Sad that most of us have to watch this while our teams fiddle their thumbs hoping for diamonds in the rough or draft day steals to become like them!

    Sorry has a little more to do with the BS D rules that don’t allow you to hit the little ants off the line. Oh. And cheating.

  67. ikeclanton says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:16 PM
    war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:31 PM
    It’ll be a sad sad day when in the playoffs, after the Patriots go all in on one last year….and….

    Derek Carr spoils their season.

    ———

    Most hilarious post here yet!

    Thank you.

    —————–

    YW, it was a running joke all year with my patriots friends. Weeks before the season I told them Derek Carr is going to knock the Patriots out of the playoffs to rile them up. They all laughed, hard.

    Week 6 their laughs became a little less.

    By week 15 their laughs were more nervous ticks than anything. 🙂

  68. With all this wheeling & Dealing, Good God…. I’ve actually lost track of what the Pats actually currently have left for draft picks later this year…
    I know they have no 1st or 2nd but after that I’m lost!! Lol
    Anyone???

  69. elitekane says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:49 PM

    “All you Patriots haters, prepare for another year of us winning ya losers”.

    Last time I checked “US” doesn’t mean YOU. Unless you are collecting a check besides the one you get from government disability.

  70. Watch them get back all their picks they’ve traded so far with a garapollo trade… and possibly more picks than they began with. They’ll move up in all aspects of the draft compared to where they were a week ago, and all for a backup quarterback who has played 3 games. Wow!

    Side note: I actually think garopollo will be elite so I’d be surprised if New England traded him.

  71. terripet says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:53 PM

    Cooks a head case when he is not getting the ball he has a temper tantrum let’s see how the five yard passer handles it

    *************************************************
    A lot of ex-players and current ones as well will give him the facts, the reality and the formula for what it takes to EARN that illusive championship ring that few will ever get to wear. Some players just don’t get it but many more do… He might not but if any organization can persuade it is New England.

  72. “When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL…”

    ——-

    Stats are for losers.

    You really should start listening when Belichick speaks (the times he’s not grunting at dumb questions that is.)

    Remember, as the brilliant philosopher Aqib Talib once said,

    “The mindset is to wiiiiiiin.”

    I’d suggest Brady keeps doing what he’s doing, no? While he and Belichick are busy hoisting another Lombardi, we’ll let you decide if the method in which they did it on offense was highlight reel enough for you.

    Since it seems to be going very well over here, you keep working in your math lab muttering “checkdown” and “YAC” and all that if it makes you feel good.

  73. I will honestly admit. …… I didn’t read any of the previous comments. However…. I will guess nobody mentions the fact that this will be yet another player they acquired in a trafe that doesn’t hurt the comp pick formula and alows them to keep adding good players at minimal cost. I wish I I could be Belichick for a day……

  74. reddzen says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:41 PM

    Lancane says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:55 PM
    Wonder why the Patriots are the best franchise in the NFL, beyond having the Greatest Coach and the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time, they seem to get crap done to be the best. Sad that most of us have to watch this while our teams fiddle their thumbs hoping for diamonds in the rough or draft day steals to become like them!

    Sorry has a little more to do with the BS D rules that don’t allow you to hit the little ants off the line. Oh. And cheating.
    =================================

    What cheating are you talking about pray tell? Psst…your team cheats worse.

  75. bert1913 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:05 PM

    under inflated balls are easier to catch…he should do well
    ==================================

    I am SO sorry your team stinks.

  76. reddzen says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:41 PM
    Lancane says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:55 PM
    Wonder why the Patriots are the best franchise in the NFL, beyond having the Greatest Coach and the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time, they seem to get crap done to be the best. Sad that most of us have to watch this while our teams fiddle their thumbs hoping for diamonds in the rough or draft day steals to become like them!

    Sorry has a little more to do with the BS D rules that don’t allow you to hit the little ants off the line. Oh. And cheating.

    —-

    So, with the same set of “BS D” rules that apply to everyone, only the Patriots have figured out how to win because of it? This is the ONE reason you came up with? Really???

    Oh yeah–I forgot. All the sweet boatloads of hidden cheating 24/7 too. Makes complete sense…sheesh.

    You left out smoke and mirrors, ghosts and goblins, and the Carbonaro Effect – some of the other accepted theories of the lunatic fringe.

  77. ikeclanton says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:37 PM

    “When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL…”

    ——-

    Stats are for losers.

    You really should start listening when Belichick speaks (the times he’s not grunting at dumb questions that is.)

    Remember, as the brilliant philosopher Aqib Talib once said,

    “The mindset is to wiiiiiiin.”

    I’d suggest Brady keeps doing what he’s doing, no? While he and Belichick are busy hoisting another Lombardi, we’ll let you decide if the method in which they did it on offense was highlight reel enough for you.

    Since it seems to be going very well over here, you keep working in your math lab muttering “checkdown” and “YAC” and all that if it makes you feel good.
    =================================

    I was thinking that too lol, but then I thought of this useful stat:

    (7/16)*100=43 CWL
    (5/16)*100=31 SBWL

    Which of course stand for 43% Championship Wins LOL

    And 31% Super Bowl Wins LOL

  78. Are we going to ignore the fact that Brandin Cooks is best on artificial turf and not grass? And he doesn’t like going over the middle. So what are they going to use him for? Run deep where Brady can’t reach him? Waste of a first AND third round pick. Alshon Jeffrey would have been a much better acquisition.

  79. I hope Cooks does great in NE but something tells me otherwise as all receivers that leaves NO don’t fair well. I predict Cooks will get hurt; sad to say because he is smaller receiver and what relievers in NE are not hurt in the season. It’s because check down passes open them up for getting lit up. Also I am glad NO didn’t get Butler, the last CB signed from NE still puts fear of too many pass interference calls into memory.

  80. cantonbound13 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:55 PM
    Too bad Brady can’t throw the ball deep.

    What? You sit in your car and turn on the radio to “watch” games or something?

    Where does this crap lie come from?

    Wow man, check the stats on NFL com.

  81. The pats trade a 1st rd pick for Brandin Cooks, and everyone is in awe. The vikes trade a 1st rd pick for Bradford and everyone laughs. sheep fans in NE!

    A few things to consider
    a) the Vikings draft a lot earlier than the Pats
    b) the Vikings also threw in a 4th round pick. The Pats threw in a 3rd but got a 4 back.
    c) the Vikings missed the playoffs. The Pats are a perennial Super Bowl contender

    The Pats aren’t rebuilding. It makes sense for them to trade picks for proven talent. OTOH, the Vikings traded picks for talent that had pretty much proven itself to be limited.

    So, yeah, maybe Pats’ fans think picking up a very productive WR is better than picking up a QB with a history of injury and accuracy issues.

  82. jm91rs says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:56 PM
    It feels like they are going all in for another ring here, but in reality they can get this back and more by dealing jimmy g.

    There is no reason now to trade Jimmy. How many picks does Bill need? Team is pretty much set. Having Jimmy as insurance is more valuable than more picks imo.

  83. canetic says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:58 PM
    Are we going to ignore the fact that Brandin Cooks is best on artificial turf and not grass? And he doesn’t like going over the middle. So what are they going to use him for? Run deep where Brady can’t reach him? Waste of a first AND third round pick. Alshon Jeffrey would have been a much better acquisition.

    and only a 13 million dollar difference between them! Stupid Pats!

    holy cow the stuff you read in here

  84. Maybe the NFL’s hadbit backwards all along… maybe the draft order should be reversed with Super Bowl winner getting the #1 pick

  85. Saints got the upper hand on this trade. Cooks is a very over rated diva WR. I bet he doesnt last long in NE

  86. .
    @kissbillsrings

    The Patriots have the following picks remaining :

    3rd round 72, 96
    4th round 118
    5th round 163, 183
    6th round 200
    7th round 239

    It’s a very unusual situation to see a team shutout of the first two rounds of the draft. However, I’m thinking that this is only the precursor to several other moves. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amendola flipped to the Titans.

    For those of you who correctly predicted that the Patriots would acquire Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks in a 48 hour period, please step forward and collect your prize.
    .

  87. This may be a great move…or maybe not. Time will tell. But PLEASE stop saying Cooks will compliment Gronk and stretch the field. Gronk won’t be on the field.

  88. I’m a life-long Patriots fan,which means suffering through all the bad pre- Robert Kraft years,as well as the good years… 5x SB Champs. I just love knowing that every year BB and company try to put together the best team possible to compete for that Lombardi Trophy and not just worry about putting butts in the seats. We truly are spoiled here in New England. I’m enjoying it while I can, haters and all. Cooks is exactly the type of receiver Brady has been waiting for .

  89. saintdatazz says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:08 PM

    Can Brady even throw it deep anymore. All I ever see is 5 yard check downs; how will Cooks fit it Bill. Brady hears footsteps and releases to the check down because he cannot wait for Cooks to get away from the CB check

    ———————

    All the bombs and huge chunk plays to Hogan,for example,were not 5 yard check downs. No worries about Brady’s arm. He can still throw the deep ball.

  90. It appears to me that New England got younger and faster with a former 20th pick in the draft that they had seen up close multiple times and could not cover in joint practices.

    Interestingly, despite being able to “handle” receivers like Antonio Brown and to limit their impact in games, the Patriots went out and got a clone.

  91. Not sure why this acquisition brings out the Pats’ haters, I don’t see how anyone can see this as bad for either team.

    Ted Ginn to New Orleans seems odd to me. Brees is a super accurate passer (Maybe best ever?) and doesn’t tolerate bad routes and drops- both of which Ginn is known for. Can he make those blind over the shoulder catches/passes that Brees throws?

  92. drunkraider says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:54 PM

    Saints got the upper hand on this trade. Cooks is a very over rated diva WR. I bet he doesnt last long in NE

    He’ll last the 2 years left on his deal then move on. Pretty typical Patriots stuff.

    We’ll see how the diva thing works out. A lot of players get sick of perennial 5 win seasons and get stir crazy. Certainly won’t be tolerated in N.E.

  93. The Pats have never had a 4.3 receiver…..this should be very interesting. Sped on the outside finally with the surfs on the inside. Can’t wait for another trophy. The Pats are in the Big Leagues, the rest of the league is confused and mismanaged. Also, Banwell is clueless with his ratings.

  94. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM
    CryBabyNation showing their immaturity…..champs have class and don’t show their a-s…be a champ not a chump…Brady and Bill will be gone sooner than you troll’s think…enjoy.

    —–

    Yes Brady and Bill will be gone someday but far later than people like you could ever had dreamed possible. The demise of the Pats dynasty
    has been predicted for the last 5 or 6 years. Someday your prediction will come to pass. Brilliant!!!

  95. Mar 10, 2017 7:57 PM
    Not so fase elitekane.. Denvers coming to take back their trophy

    That’s funny because in real life the Pats just took Denver’s while they didn’t even make the playoffs. Denver is a AAA team, the Pats ply in the bigs.

  96. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:02 PM
    When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL,,,,,,

    You do the math here, no doubt it wins but it’s checkdown city.

    —–

    Whatever you want to call it doesn’t matter to the Pats. All that matters is that the Pats win year in and year out. Who cares what you think.

  97. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:02 PM
    When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL,,,,,,

    You do the math here, no doubt it wins but it’s checkdown city.

    —–

    Whatever you want to call it, it seems to work pretty well.

  98. Cooks is one of the best WRs in the NFL and has the ability to do anything asked. Go long, short, over the middle, run after the catch. He’s smart, runs great routes, etc. The Patriots paid a pretty penny for his services so I’d bet Belichick is going to want to get a good return on that investment. Winning a super bowl is obviously Bill’s number one priority, but I’m thinking Cooks is going to see a lot of balls coming his way. 20 TDs isn’t out of the question.

  99. It’s great to hear the “NO got the better of this deal” and all the work trying to make it sound like a terrible move for the Patriots.

    This move is going to give the Patriots further ability to stretch a defense to cover much larger space. He also has speed but doesn’t look for extra contact. This also should limit fumbles. The largest piece though is that he’s going to force defenses to either cover him or Gronk, or try covering them both and leaving Edelman, White, Lewis, Mitchell, open (depending on the formation).

  100. Once there was talk of a trade, that was it. Saints were never gonna pay him. Have to get better defensively and honestly they’ll just plug in another piece on O and remain a top 5 O as they’ve done every year with Brees and Payton. Now have 4 picks in top 103 in a draft that appears to be heavy with D talent. 3 years in a row at 7-9 with an elite qb may help you think outside the box, eh?

  101. milehighmagik7 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:11 PM

    Not a Pats fan by any means but how can you hate? Seriously they make smart decisions by stock piling picks in the past and turn them into players. Congrats to them they now how to make deals that wont hurt them to get players everyone else can’t get. Don’t like them but respect them. How can you hate a team that knows they have a limited window with Brady and make the moves to keep them on position to win again and again and again. Respect from this Bronco fan. You wanna be the best you gotta beat them. Good luck on a healthy year.
    ——————————————————
    Dude, you make it a little harder to hate the Broncos. I cringe before every game at Mile High. We Patriots fans have a lot of bad memories from our personal house of horrors in Denver. Brady’s first playoff loss., the drubbing before Super Bowl XLVIII, the blown lead to Osweiler, the missed XP in the last AFC Title match up against them….ugh.

  102. bigbluefandom says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:04 PM

    Where were all these front runner Patriots fans when they lost to the Giants? LOL! There will be one more round and it will be 3-0.
    ——————————————————
    Where have the Giants been since 2011? Oh yeah, out of the playoffs 4 of 5 years with that one wild card appearance being blown out 38-13. Meanwhile the Pats have been in the AFCCG every year and won 2 more Super Bowls. Please try and keep up.

  103. diehardfootballfan says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:27 PM
    Can’t believe that the Saints are banking on Ted Ginn. Too many drops and when he catches the ball he runs out of bounds to avoid taking hit. Hope the Saints draft a WR cause they are gonna need one.

    *********************

    As long is Brees is the QB, the Saints will be top 3 in the NFL in Passing Offense. Ted Ginn, Jr. will be a decoy and will get about the same stats he had in Carolina as the Saints #3 WR. The Saints #1 receiver, who was not Cooks, will get more catches and yards than in 2016. Thomas and Snead will both get over 1,000 yards in 2017, more like 1,300+ and 1,100+ yards. The Saints need an average Defense to get back to the playoffs, they will continue to have an elite Offense.

    This was a good trade for both teams.

  104. “This may be a great move…or maybe not. Time will tell. But PLEASE stop saying Cooks will compliment Gronk and stretch the field. Gronk won’t be on the field.”

    Actually having a receiver like this should help Gronk stay on the field and take less punishment. Fewer double teams or if they do keep doubling him up leaving Cooks alone on the outside where he can use his speed to burn past the defenders.

  105. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:33 PM

    1st and 3rd for a one year rental?…. Very unpatriotic like…
    ————————————————-

    Patriots get:
    – Cooks… at a low salary
    — 118th pick in 2017 draft
    — possible 3rd round COMP pick in 2019

    Saints get:
    — 32nd pick in 2017
    — 103rd pick in 2017

    Trading for players in the LAST YEAR of their contract is very much a Patriot way of doing business. They realize that the player is motivated to get paid on their next contract.
    They also know if the player leaves after the “one year rental”….. they get a COMP pick in return.

    Garry Kasparov chess level…
    versus buffoonery checkers.

  106. Why are people callig this a one year rental? Cooks has a team option at reasonable money for 2018 (8-9mil range). If he does well Pats pick it up.

  107. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:02 PM
    When your leading receiver averages 11.28 YPC and had a YAC of 5.2

    Edelman 11.28ypc – 5.2yac
    Bennett 12.74ypc – 7.5ypc

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL,,,,,,

    You do the math here, no doubt it wins but it’s checkdown city.

    —–—!!——————

    But you omit that Brady was 2nd in NFL last yr is yards per attempt

  108. Just remember Pats Fans 18 Wins and one Giant loss

    The second happiest day in New England was the day the Giants lost in the playoffs

    BB Fears Eli Manning

  109. veddermn8 says:

    But you omit that Brady was 2nd in NFL last yr is yards per attempt

    He’s also making things up, White had quite a few catches on long passes. They send him deep a lot for a RB. I remember a 25-30 yard TD vs the Jets so that’s more than his alleged 11 yards right there

    I seriously wonder how football some here actually watch

  110. Why do people constantly yap about the wisdom of Bill Belichick and the arm of Tom Brady?

    Quit focusing on meaningless stats and look at the bigger picture of what that team has accomplished for the last 16+ years.

    The only stat that matters in the NFL is how many Super Bowl wins you have. and Joe Montana was also a “dink-and-dunk” passer.

  111. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:42 PM
    The pats trade a 1st rd pick for Brandin Cooks, and everyone is in awe. The vikes trade a 1st rd pick for Bradford and everyone laughs.

    -–————

    Correct.

  112. bigbluefan1 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 11:10 AM
    Just remember Pats Fans 18 Wins and one Giant loss

    The second happiest day in New England was the day the Giants lost in the playoffs

    BB Fears Eli Manning
    ———————————————–
    The only thing that Belichick fears about Eli Manning is that the Giants won’t make it back into the SuperBowl prior to Manning retiring. And really, Belichick doesn’t fear that cause he doesn’t care. I believe Belichick’s attitude is, “You hold no sway over us. We have won two SuperBowls in the last three years. What have you won?”

  113. rootpain says:
    Mar 11, 2017 2:13 PM
    After that disappointing loss to the Falcons in the SuperBowl, Belichick obviously learned his lesson. He knows he has to spread the defence to prevent them from being able to swarm the receiver as efficiently as the Falcons did this year. And he needs to tire them out before the end of the game to give Brady a chance to pull off a “never-been-done-before SuperBowl comeback. Oh wait…..

    That will teach the Falcons for forcing Belichick to win in overtime. Haha.

  114. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:42 PM
    The pats trade a 1st rd pick for Brandin Cooks, and everyone is in awe. The vikes trade a 1st rd pick for Bradford and everyone laughs.

    That’s because Cooks is very talented and in his peak yrs with a ton still to offer. As opposed to Bradford who stinks like hot garbage and is a never was, who’s skills are diminishing and in no way was worth a no.1 or anything even close to it. Bag of potato chips and a charms blow pop at best.

  115. Congrats to Pats fans.

    I can only imagine how much fun it must be to sit back and watch while Belichick runs circles around the rest of the League.

  116. “saintdatazz says:
    Mar 11, 2017 6:06 PM
    5 to 11 yard pass with the receiver going another 10 to 20 yards after the catch doesn’t make it a deep pass.”

    The NFL doesn’t give bonus points for Air Yards. The Pats were at the top of the NFL (behind only Atlanta, who was well beyond everybody else) in the stat that matters: Yards per attempt.

    Oh, and there’s a huge difference between “5 yard pass” and “5 to 11 yard pass”. Anybody who thinks Brady only throws 5 yard passes clearly hasn’t watched a full game. It’s more forgivable to think he only throws 5 to 11 yard passes, since the mid-range routes are the bulk of the offense. But he does go deep, and he did so pretty well in 2016 (much better than 2015).

    I just wish he and/or McDaniels would stop sending Edelman on go routes. Edelman doesn’t have breakaway speed; turning on a dime is his specialty.

  117. war27 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:02 PM

    When your second leading receiver is a RB Jame White who had 11 TOTAL receiving yards past the LOS, the rest of his 60/551 came as 540 yards of YAC……551 receiving yards 540 yards of YAC. LOL,,,,,,

    You do the math here, no doubt it wins but it’s checkdown city.

    ============================================

    Most receiving backs have similar stats.
    Here are some from 2016:

    Laveon Bell: 616 yards, 685 YAC
    Devonta Freeman: 462 yards, 437 YAC
    Melvin Gordon: 419 yards, 432 YAC
    Darren Sproles: 427 yards, 425 YAC
    Bilal Powell: 388 yards, 414 YAC
    LaSean McCoy: 356 yards, 405 YAC
    Ezekiel Elliot: 363 yards, 401 YAC
    Spencer Ware: 447 yards, 394 YAC
    Tevin Coleman: 421 yards, 392 YAC

    Want me to go on?

  118. Just remember Pats Fans 18 Wins and one Giant loss

    The second happiest day in New England was the day the Giants lost in the playoffs

    BB Fears Eli Manning
    ________________

    Haha. Your greatest moment in Giants history is now just a blip in the memory of Patriots fans who shelves are overloaded with Patriots superbowl wining DVDs that provide us with so many great moments that its hard for a Giants fan like you to even comprehend. LOL.

  119. Just remember Pats Fans 18 Wins and one Giant loss

    The second happiest day in New England was the day the Giants lost in the playoffs

    BB Fears Eli Manning
    ________________

    Haha. Your greatest moment in Giants history is now just a blip in the memory of Patriots fans who shelves are overloaded with Patriots superbowl wining DVDs that provide us with so many great moments that its hard for a Giants fan like you to even comprehend. LOL.
    _______

    The football gods gifted the Giants two superbowls. Congrats on that. Otherwise you’re team is irrelevant every year. The Patriots, on the other hand, are The Greatest Sports Dynasty in the history of history.

  120. Susan Imbriale says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:21 PM
    Cooks is a TURF/INDOOR receiver who could not make it work with Brees
    ======================
    Not saying Cooks is a proven outdoor threat but it might be a little short-sighted to claim he’s strictly a turf\indoor player when more than 50% of his games are played in those conditions based on who he played for and the division he was in.

  121. bigbluefan1 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 11:10 AM

    BB Fears Eli Manning
    ————————————————————–
    No….that’s wrong!
    The only thing that BB fears is falling off his fishing boat without a life jacket while wearing all of his superbowl rings.

  122. triptomlin says:
    Mar 11, 2017 8:20 AM

    Mar 10, 2017 7:57 PM
    Not so fase elitekane.. Denvers coming to take back their trophy

    That’s funny because in real life the Pats just took Denver’s while they didn’t even make the playoffs. Denver is a AAA team, the Pats ply in the bigs.
    =================================
    Funny thing is, except for that missed extra point and having to go for two, the Pats should be 3 for 3 and Denver with nothing. Good thing for Manning and Denver Goodell warned the Pats to lose or he’d come up with another fake scandal…..

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