Saints, Patriots deal for Brandin Cooks becomes official

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It’s a done deal.

Receiver Brandin Cooks officially is a Patriot, following a trade that shipped the 2014 first-round pick from New Orleans to New England.

The Patriots announced the trade on Saturday evening. While the terms were not disclosed, the deal was finalized in the same way it originally was negotiated, with the Patriots sending a first-round pick and a third-round pick to the Saints, and the Saints sending Cooks and a fourth-round pick (No. 118) to the Patriots.

The Patriots will lose the 118th pick as part of the #DeflateGate punishment, but the trade will restore to the Patriots the 132nd pick, which the Patriots previously obtained from the Seahawks.

As one source explained it to PFT, the Saints ultimately did not attempt to trade down from No. 118 with a team holding one of the picks from No. 119 to 131 before sending to the Patriots the fourth-round pick that will be bogarted by 345 Park Avenue. Since the pick was going to be forfeited anyway, any consideration the Saints could have obtained by trading down would have been a bonus.

42 responses to “Saints, Patriots deal for Brandin Cooks becomes official

  1. Wow!! The Patriots are loading up!! I wonder how the Red Headed tool Goodell feels about all their moves. As a Patriots fan I would like to say,, Thanks for poking the Bear Roger…… lolollolololol…..

  2. Brady must be a happy camper to see Cooks coming to town. As well as Gronk, Edelman, Hogan, Mitchell, White and Lewis.

    Who does the opposing secondary double up on now?

  3. some team will fall in love with a pick at 124 and the Pats will move back –

    no way hes giving 118 to the NFL scumbags

    in fact he could probably engineer the trade with any one of the teams that hate Goodell

  4. I’m just excited to see what the Pats next move is!!!
    It’s been incredible so far!!!
    The possibilities are mind boggling!!!!
    Re-sign Hightower or let him walk??
    Trade Butler for picks or extend him??
    Trade Jimmy for a boatload of picks or keep him as insurance?
    Re sign Blount or draft a bruising back in the 3rd round….maybe sign Charles or Peterson??….
    Re sign Floyd on the cheap with incentive layden 2 year contract??
    Oh what fun it is to watch it all unfold!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  5. .
    When you follow the Patriots, you never have a clue as to what the roster will look like from year to year. I never thought that in the first two days of free agency that the Patriots would :

    1. Sign Stephon Gilmore
    2. Trade for Dwayne Allen
    3. Trade for Kony Ealy
    4. Sign Lawrence Guy
    5. Trade for Brandin Cooks
    6. Resign Allen Branch and Duron Harmon

    Who knows what will happen with Jimmy Garopollo and Malcolm Butler
    .

  6. Possible candidates to trade for 118 that would still leave NE with 132:

    I got my money on andy reid and Bill Ob moving up

    11 (118). New Orleans Saints
    12 (119). Philadelphia Eagles
    13 (120). Arizona Cardinals
    14 (121). Minnesota Vikings
    15 (122). Indianapolis Colts
    16 (123). Baltimore Ravens
    17 (124). Washington Redskins
    18 (125). Tennessee Titans
    19 (126). Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    20 (127). Denver Broncos
    21 (128). Detroit Lions
    22 (129). Minnesota Vikings from Miami Dolphins
    23 (130). Oakland Raiders
    24 (131). Houston Texans
    25. New England Patriots from Seattle Seahawks (Forfeited)
    26 (132). Kansas City Chiefs

  7. So, NE is going to lose that 4th round pick because of the Deflatefarce scheme perpetrated by Kensil, the Colts, and the Ravens.

    I’m still waiting to hear what the Colts’ punishment will be for using deflated footballs during that same game. 3 out of the 4 tested were illegally low. Kensil called a panicked halt to the testing when he realized it exposed the NFL’s lie. He wants us to believe that 6 men couldn’t do in 20 minutes what they want us to believe 1 man did in 90 seconds.

    I’m still waiting to hear what the Colts’ punishment will be for admitting to tampering with NE’s football during that same game. Tampering is a serious violation, as is even having an inflation needle on the sidelines.

    I’m still waiting to see the psi levels the NFL took in order to debunk a scientific constant we’ve known about for 183 years.

    I’m still waiting to hear what the Colts’ punishment will be for admitting to hiding Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report.

  8. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 7:42 PM

    Brady must be a happy camper to see Cooks coming to town. As well as Gronk, Edelman, Hogan, Mitchell, White and Lewis.

    Who does the opposing secondary double up on now?
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    A force multiplier.
    Not just for the passing game, but also for the run game. The safeties will be further away to help defend & tackle the running backs and the other receivers. Plus the tight ends and running backs catching passes out of the backfield.

    The safeties may spend more time trying not to get burned by Cooks which will give them less time to try to put big hits on the other Patriots.

  9. nfl1818 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 7:46 PM
    some team will fall in love with a pick at 124 and the Pats will move back –
    no way hes giving 118 to the NFL scumbags

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    I believe that the Patriots currently have the following 4th round picks:

    • 4th Round (118 overall) – from Saints in Brandin Cooks Trade.
    • 4th Round (122nd overall) – from Colts in Dwayne Allen Trade
    • 4th Round (137th overall) – assigned pick

    If the Pats allow Roger Goodell to steal 118 they get to keep 122 and 137. Isn’t that a middle finger to Roger?

  10. It’s a shame that the NFL is trying to alter the competiveness of the league by stealing draft picks.

    • In 2014 Roger Goodell pledged more transparency.
    • In 2015 Roger Goodell said that “the integrity of the league was the most important thing”.
    • During the 2015 season the NFL collected PSI measurements to determine the effects that weather has on footballs during game conditions.
    • In 2016 the Patriots had their 1st round draft pick taken while the NFL was convincing everyone that the weather can’t lower the PSI in footballs.
    • Now the NFL plans on taking the Patriots best 2017 fourth round draft pick away…while sticking to the story that footballs don’t drop PSI when it’s cold.
    • It’s no March 2017 and the NFL still hasn’t issued a press release containing the PSI measurements that were collected during the 2015 season.
    • So much for the empty promises of transparency.
    • It’s now obvious that “the integrity of the league” is not important to Roger Goodell.

  11. If the Patriots can still trade pick 118 from the Saints before the draft starts, they should try to trade it for a 3rd rounder next year with a team that has no 4th round picks this year or wants to move up from their current location…..
    Maybe even package it with a 3rd rounder & move up into the 2nd round this year…..
    IF THEY DO MOVE IT, the league will still take their other 4th rounder leaving the Pats without one this year….whichever they might choose to do would be awesome…..even staying “PAT” & letting it be taken & using the one they got in the trade with Seattle last year works for me!!!
    What an exciting time watching BB do his magic…. Can’t wait to see what he does next!!!
    Go Pats!!!
    ROGER THAT!!!!

  12. I just re-watched the super bowl…….

    Did you see that come back……that was awesome….

    I hope we keep Jimmy and Tom plays 8 more years…..

    No body has it better

  13. saints12013 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 8:27 PM

    We should just give N.E. one of our 3rds for Butler.
    Or depending on how they value him, maybe our 2nd.
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    Better idea…you trade whatever it takes to get the Browns #1 overall pick….then trade that pick for Butler.

  14. PATS only have 2 4th round picks & 1 of those 2 gets stolen by the league for #FRAMEGATE…..
    Pats traded away one of their other 4th rounders the had acquired in the deal for Allen from the Colts, in which the Colts gave us a 6th rounder in return with Allen, as we had no 6th rounder at that time due to previous trades made….
    Pats currently have 7 picks after forfiting one of their 2 4ths
    Each round as follows:
    1=0
    2=o
    3=2
    4=1
    5=2
    6=1
    7=1

  15. The NFL still hasn’t demonstrated transparency & integrity by releasing the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

    • It’s time for the NFL to award the Patriots a compensatory pick in the first round of the 2017 draft to make up for Brady missing 25% of the 2016 season.
    • It’s time for the NFL to award the Patriots a second compensatory pick in the first round of the 2017 draft to make up for the stolen 2016 1st round pick.
    • It’s time for the NFL to reinstate the Patriots 2017 fourth round pick.

  16. @factpurveyor

    I don’t think that would happen even if Butler was Deion Sanders.

    And if we did do that, We would have to trade our whole draft plus a pick or 2 next year. And for who Myles Garrett ??? He’s a pass rusher not a franchise QB.

  17. I believe that the Patriots currently have the following 4th round picks:

    • 4th Round (118 overall) – from Saints in Brandin Cooks Trade.
    • 4th Round (122nd overall) – from Colts in Dwayne Allen Trade
    • 4th Round (137th overall) – assigned pick

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    As it stands now, they only have the 131st pick (From Seattle). 118 will be taken and 137 was traded TO the Colts in the Allen deal. They got a 6th FROM the Colts (#200)

  18. factpurveyor says:
    Mar 11, 2017 8:05 PM
    nfl1818 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 7:46 PM
    some team will fall in love with a pick at 124 and the Pats will move back –
    no way hes giving 118 to the NFL scumbags

    —————————————————————

    I believe that the Patriots currently have the following 4th round picks:

    • 4th Round (118 overall) – from Saints in Brandin Cooks Trade.
    • 4th Round (122nd overall) – from Colts in Dwayne Allen Trade
    • 4th Round (137th overall) – assigned pick

    If the Pats allow Roger Goodell to steal 118 they get to keep 122 and 137. Isn’t that a middle finger to Roger?
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    they sent 137 to the Colts. They have 118 and 132

  19. Patriot fans hate Goodell (including the sportswriters on this site who have never played a down beyond middle school football) but they should be forever grateful for not kicking Belicheat out the league. Goodell is on your side. The schedule says it all……..since Goodells tenure patriots have played least teams coming off bye weeks than any other team.

  20. Trolls are so funny. Patriots are a bad team because they only win 5 SB’s in 15 years.

    BB is doing what every teams does this time of year, try to get better. Some teams are better at it than others.

    Hate away at the Pats, if you are jealous of their success. Just goes to show you how small people can be.

  21. Of ALL THE NONSENSE that is today’s NFL, you want the stuffed suits at NFL HQ to kick the single greatest football mind on the planet out of professional football and you’re complaining about the scheduling of bye weeks. In baseball terms, it seems you’ve lost your fastball and your changeup too, Cupcake. Time to hang up your pompoms.

  22. nfl1818 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:01 PM

    they sent 137 to the Colts. They have 118 and 132

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    Then by all means…trade 118 to the team that has 131 ….and get something that’s fair back….than flip the bird at Goodell when he steals 131 and you get to pick at 132.

  23. “Pats currently have 7 picks after forfiting one of their 2 4ths”

    The Pats don’t need a lot of picks this year. The roster is loaded already. Wouldn’t surprise me if some of those picks don’t event make the practice squad. Especially if Belichick finds another undrafted gem or two.

    We’ll see though. Who knows what Belichick is going to do next.

  24. Dolphin fans should be thankful that the NFL didn’t ship the Dolphins to the CFL when they proved that they can’t compete with NFL teams. Canada is along way to travel from Florida to see a game in person.

  25. factpurveyor says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:28 PM
    nfl1818 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:01 PM

    they sent 137 to the Colts. They have 118 and 132

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    Then by all means…trade 118 to the team that has 131 ….and get something that’s fair back….than flip the bird at Goodell when he steals 131 and you get to pick at 132.

    ————————-

    Even if no trades are available, just swap it with 131 for free, Belichick can tell the other GM its because he likes his smile or something like that. Then only one team got a little boost off this rather than several. The show of contempt would just be a bonus.

  26. jchipwood says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:08 PM
    Patriot fans hate Goodell (including the sportswriters on this site who have never played a down beyond middle school football) but they should be forever grateful for not kicking Belicheat out the league.

    —-

    You’re either hilarious, or delusional to think that whatever the Patriots may or may not have done, that they’d kick Belichick out of the league. Take a reality pill sometime.

    Your team and everyone’s team does more or less.

  27. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:37 PM

    “Pats currently have 7 picks after forfiting one of their 2 4ths”
    The Pats don’t need a lot of picks this year. The roster is loaded already. Wouldn’t surprise me if some of those picks don’t event make the practice squad. Especially if Belichick finds another undrafted gem or two.
    We’ll see though. Who knows what Belichick is going to do next.
    ———————————————————-
    Good points.
    And don’t forget the diamonds in the ruff…in the form of players cut by other teams to make room for the drafted players.

  28. youknowiknowitall says:
    Mar 11, 2017 9:20 PM
    Of ALL THE NONSENSE that is today’s NFL, you want the stuffed suits at NFL HQ to kick the single greatest football mind on the planet out of professional football and you’re complaining about the scheduling of bye weeks. In baseball terms, it seems you’ve lost your fastball and your changeup too, Cupcake. Time to hang up your pompoms.

    ————–

    Well, yes. How else would the Dolphins win. You dont expect them to do it fairly do you? Like in a game? Seriously?

  29. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 7:42 PM
    Brady must be a happy camper to see Cooks coming to town. As well as Gronk, Edelman, Hogan, Mitchell, White and Lewis.

    Who does the opposing secondary double up on now?

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    The healthy one of course.

  30. somanywins says:
    Mar 11, 2017 10:33 PM

    The healthy one of course.
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    Easier to stay healthy when you are running into the end zone without being tackled or running out of bounds after a 15 yard gain. Going to see that more often this year with the loaded Pats pass catchers.

  31. Pats combine picks to get higher selections…
    3rd,4th,5th,7th : for a first rounder(pick 20ish) & get a power/stud RB
    3rd,5th,6th : for a 2nd rounder(pick 45ish) & get pass rusher

    Only pick 2 stud players in 1st 2 rounds &
    Resign Hightower to 4 year deal: $11.5 mil/yr: 35 guaranteed
    Extend Butler to 5 year deal: 10 mil/yr: 32 guaranteed
    Extend Eddelman 2 years for 10 mil or so
    Extend Solder 4 yrs for 30 mil or so
    Get Amendolas contract restructured: 2 yrs 4 mil

    Maybe sign another couple free agents like Floyd for 2 years on the cheap & decent incentives & some other hidden gem out there
    Call it a draft….

  32. Actually,combining Pats current picks would probably only net a middle 2nd & middle 3rd depending on how they were combined…. YET STILL worth doing as they have already stacked their roster & would be better off getting a couple higher quality guys then a bunch of guys they may end up cutting…..
    Then again they could trade them for capital in next years draft as well & just work on extending guys contracts that are coming due next year like Solder, Lewis, White, Eddelman etc etc,

  33. Chippy needs to just realize that signing a late-tier guy like Julio is Thomas will not get you over the hump. And Adam gaze is about 6 months too late on a QB who wouldn’t get the proper surgery to save his knee from what we in the science industry call “catastrophic failure”. Good luck with an aging defense and an offense that couldn’t beat the bills at home if Rex were still coaching 😉

  34. Pats fans on here seem giddy about this trade, and you should be. Cooks is a great addition to your team. As a lifelong Saints fan, it sucks to see Payton & Loomis get fleeced again. They should have gotten a proven defensive player in the deal. They’re totally inept at drafting defensive players and most likely will come out of the draft with a bust.

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