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Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks trade “one of those unfortunate things”

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The Saints decided earlier this month to move on from receiver Brandin Cooks, a first-round pick in 2014 who has developed into a quality player. On Friday, quarterback Drew Brees explained during a visit to PFT Live his reaction to the move.

“You know that was tough, because I love Brandin and not only is he a great teammate but he’s a great friend and obviously we were able to accomplish some great things together over the last three years,” Brees said. “I think it was just one of those unfortunate things that maybe kind of took on a life of its own too as the season progressed and then into the offseason. You know, there was so much speculation about his intentions and that kind of thing in regards to whether he wanted to be here or not he wanted to be here and I think a lot of that was kind of fostered by the media and that kind of thing. But at the end of the day I hope that he got what he wanted or got in to a good situation, which I think he did and obviously we got some draft picks out of it. So at the end of the day I just want what’s best for him, also want what’s best for us and hopefully that accomplished that.”

Brees then addressed how the offense will adjust to the absence of Cooks.

“You evolve, and you find ways,” Brees said. “The balls that were going to Brandin Cooks are now gonna go somewhere else, and the evolution of Michael Thomas, our rookie receiver out of Ohio State last year. The progression he made from the beginning of the season to the end, he became a go-to guy. Willie Snead in the slot was very productive for us. I think Coby Fleener will be able to take it to the next level as we get him involved at the tight end position, which we’re always able to do here. And the addition of Ted Ginn gives you that speed element. Not only a guy that can pull the top off [of a defense] but he’s been very productive over the last few years in Carolina. I’ve been very impressed with him.

“You know, we got some young guys and we’ll see, there’s always opportunity there. The skill position on offense, we find ways to spread the ball around not matter who’s in the lineup and those guys know they’re gonna get their opportunities.”

The opportunities will be plentiful as long as Brees is around to dispense them. Ultimately, that surely was one of the reasons why the Saints were comfortable with the prospect of plugging someone else in to the offense in place of Cooks.

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32 Responses to “Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks trade “one of those unfortunate things””
  1. cuda1234 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:55 PM

    As long as Drew gets to play in a dome, throw the ball 60x/game and take up half or the salary cap, he’s fine.

  2. captainwhodat says: Mar 31, 2017 7:57 PM

    and obviously we were able to accomplish some great things together over the last three years…yes, you did, if you consider going 7-9 the last three years an accomplishment…

  3. grogansheroes says: Mar 31, 2017 8:00 PM

    Would those great things be a playoff game or playoff win?

  4. ikeclanton says: Mar 31, 2017 8:17 PM

    All of these developments will lead to a definite improvement. I see an 8-8 or 9-7 campaign this year.

  5. jag1959 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:23 PM

    cuda1234 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 7:55 PM
    As long as Drew gets to play in a dome, throw the ball 60x/game and take up half or the salary cap, he’s fine.
    ________________________

    Clicked on the article knowing I would probably see a lame Brees salary cap comment and there it was, the very first one. Last year while the Saints were eating $42M in dead money for guys no longer on the roster Brees’ hit was $17.25. Brees cap hit for ’17 is $19M, taking up 11% of the Saints cap and ranking him 13th at his position. Please list 12 better QB’s than Drew Brees.

  6. finnymcphin says: Mar 31, 2017 8:43 PM

    As a fan of another team in the AFC East I hated that trade. Tom Brady getting a legitimate speedy deep threat WR was not good news. The way his deep game rebounded last year with a second tier guy like Hogan was bad enough. I don’t have to like New England to respect how Belichick and his front office just keep getting it done year after year.

  7. eljefedelmundo says: Mar 31, 2017 9:25 PM

    Long as Payton uses those picks to get our D up to average everything will be sweet as..

  8. descendency says: Mar 31, 2017 9:53 PM

    Cooks was one of the most valuable chips they have to get defensive players to help them actually win another championship. They have offensive talent and Brees can make some average guys look less average.

    He had to be traded.

    That said, if your goal was to win another title, trading him to a team that just won it and might be better this year… not a good strategy.

  9. Anicra says: Mar 31, 2017 10:23 PM

    Brees is probably saying to himself 1 more contract and 60M until I am done with the NFL

  10. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 31, 2017 10:56 PM

    Are these 12 teams with higher paid QB’s contenders? Or do they have records similar to the saints? I do not know. I have seen comments similar to that which you responded to on other articles and responses similar to yours, so it makes me curious about the overall result to paying one player so much. If most of these other teams are in a similar position, you really should not be defending your team making the same mistake. If they are top teams, then sure, defend your teams decision.
    But, on a side note. Breez does seem more interested in stats than team success. Many players are like this on many teams in many positions, defense as well. Coaches and fans once drooled over high stat players but have learned that it tends to hurt the important stat.

    WINS!
    BB stresses this with his players and they either buy in or hit the road kicking stones. We have all seen the results, but only a Pat fan enjoys them.

  11. milkcan44 says: Mar 31, 2017 11:00 PM

    Never should have let Belichick get Cooks.

  12. bstelly19 says: Apr 1, 2017 3:29 AM

    I could see if Drew Brees was a mediocre quarterback that was legitimately wasting money on talent that is not there, but he is not. Drew is currently ranked in the top three of every major passing statistic. The problem is not Drew. The problem is the dead money acquired by letting go of players that had recent contracts put into place, i.e.(Jimmy Graham). The list could go on and on. If not for Drew and the offense, the Saints would be lucky to win 5 games a season.

  13. daytontriangles says: Apr 1, 2017 6:01 AM

    Three things are certain in this life.

    Death.

    Taxes.

    If Bill Bellichick agrees to a trade, The Patriots are getting the better deal.

  14. GronkLikePizza says: Apr 1, 2017 8:48 AM

    As a lifelong Patriots fan that came in with Raymond Berry and Steve Grogan running the show, I am excited to see the Pats gravitating more towards a vertical passing game again. I love Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, but I think part of me hopes they do repeat this year and both then retire together. I think the Pats could still be very competitive with Josh McDaniels and Jimmy G, and hopefully BB stays around as GM for a few years to help with growing pains.
    Now, as an NFL fan, could someone point me to the very first player, coach or analyst that first used the term “but at the end of the day” – I’d like to beat him very badly with a stick. At the end of the day, of course.

  15. sixpacktwo says: Apr 1, 2017 9:36 AM

    Brees will generate “O” but still no “D”

  16. alonestartexan says: Apr 1, 2017 10:34 AM

    It’s kinda odd to see so much hate for Drew Brees.

    As stated above, Brees currently takes up 11% of the Saints salary cap. Brees is going to be a first ballot hall of famer and is arguably the greatest Saint in franchise history. Brees has thrown for 4,000 or more yards for 11 consecutive seasons (to put that into perspective, Tom Brady has only passed for 4,000 yards 8 times in his career.) and has thrown for 5,000 yards in 5 of those 11 seasons.

    Brees has shown no signs of slowing down and the Saints have posted 3 consecutive 7-9 seasons because they have no defense. What exactly do people believe should happen? The Saints cut Brees? Fire Payton? These two gave New Orleans a Super Bowl Championship for a city that’d seen only 6 playoff appearances in the previous 42 years.

  17. uglydingo says: Apr 1, 2017 11:10 AM

    Drew Brees is the greediest player in the NFL. Where Brady accepts a lot less money, to help the team acquire talent and Super Bowl rings, Brees is just about the money. Talented players like Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and now Brandon Cooks have been traded away for draft picks, when tighter cap management (i.e. lower Brees salary) was necessary.

  18. piratefreedom says: Apr 1, 2017 11:21 AM

    alonestartexan says:
    Apr 1, 2017 10:34 AM

    It’s kinda odd to see so much hate for Drew Brees.

    ——————————

    Sadly it isn’t odd at all. Expressions of jealousy and spite are as predictable as the sun rise on these anonymous forums.

  19. nbptma1 says: Apr 1, 2017 11:22 AM

    I couldn’t disagree with Drew more.

    Cooks gets to play with the greatest quarterback of all time.

  20. BigAlHeBDMan says: Apr 1, 2017 11:26 AM

    It’s the dead money for Junior Gallette, Jimmy Graham and others and the DEfense, stupid. It is not, has never been, nor ever will it be the Greatest New Orleans Saint in history.
    Now, Go run and tell that.

  21. cheetasnevaprospa says: Apr 1, 2017 11:59 AM

    Say whatever you want about the modt accurate passer in league history, at least he doesnt cheat.

  22. nomurp1 says: Apr 1, 2017 12:29 PM

    The 7-9 Saints led nfl in total Yards, pass yards, and was 2nd in total points for 2016. We should be ok without cooks.

  23. jmdanieli says: Apr 1, 2017 1:17 PM

    cheetasnevaprospa says:
    Apr 1, 2017 11:59 AM

    Say whatever you want about the modt accurate passer in league history, at least he doesnt cheat.
    ———————————————————-
    Anyone who understands 7th grade science understands TB 12 didn’t cheat either!

  24. maust1013 says: Apr 1, 2017 1:39 PM

    uglydingo says:
    Apr 1, 2017 11:10 AM
    Drew Brees is the greediest player in the NFL. Where Brady accepts a lot less money, to help the team acquire talent and Super Bowl rings…
    ____________________

    Brady has only been in the league one year longer than Brees, his $231k rookie year, but has $15M more in career earnings. While Brady does play for less than he could demand considering all he has accomplished he has still been paid more than Brees who could also have demanded and gotten more. The truth is Brady gets his money up front and has never played the last year of a contract. Make no mistake, Brady gets his. The real difference is in the extraordinary level of trust between Brady and NE that works to their mutual advantage when it comes to making his deals cap friendly but Brady has not played for less than Brees. When it comes to comparing Brees and Brady’s earnings the truth is actually a lot more interesting than the commonly held misconception. Not that you could probably find another owner, GM and superstar QB that would practice it but trust actually pays, imagine that.

  25. dregonspengler says: Apr 1, 2017 2:42 PM

    ‘Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks trade “one of those unfortunate things” ‘

    I suspect it depends on which side of the fence you’re viewing it from.
    The trade may have been an “unfortunate” development for Drew Brees. I doubt it was all that “unfortunate” for Brandin Cooks, who got the hell out of New Orleans and onto a winning team (and no, I’m not a Patriots fan — just a realist).

  26. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 1, 2017 3:12 PM

    Closed mouths don’t get fed…what a real team player… NOT! Trust me, Cooks was good, but the Saints have suffered bigger losses and still survived.

  27. alonestartexan says: Apr 2, 2017 11:11 AM

    piratefreedom says:
    Apr 1, 2017 11:21 AM

    Sadly it isn’t odd at all. Expressions of jealousy and spite are as predictable as the sun rise on these anonymous forums.

    —-

    touché.

  28. saintdatazz says: Apr 3, 2017 10:58 AM

    Breea can make street free agent wr look great. Remember all those receives that left; who’s put up 1k year since leaving the saints with brews as the qb.

  29. madddogg365 says: Apr 5, 2017 10:04 AM

    Only because he knows w/Coleman on the field instead of Cooks he may lose an extra 1,000 yards in stats this season. Thomas & Snead can’t do it all…..& Fleener is a waste of space. Football field & cap space that is.

  30. madddogg365 says: Apr 5, 2017 10:06 AM

    jag1959 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 8:23 PM
    cuda1234 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 7:55 PM
    As long as Drew gets to play in a dome, throw the ball 60x/game and take up half or the salary cap, he’s fine.
    ________________________

    Clicked on the article knowing I would probably see a lame Brees salary cap comment and there it was, the very first one. Last year while the Saints were eating $42M in dead money for guys no longer on the roster Brees’ hit was $17.25. Brees cap hit for ’17 is $19M, taking up 11% of the Saints cap and ranking him 13th at his position. Please list 12 better QB’s than Drew Brees.

    I can name 12 better teams w/o Brees. How about that?

  31. madddogg365 says: Apr 5, 2017 10:11 AM

    bstelly19 says:
    Apr 1, 2017 3:29 AM
    I could see if Drew Brees was a mediocre quarterback that was legitimately wasting money on talent that is not there, but he is not. Drew is currently ranked in the top three of every major passing statistic. The problem is not Drew. The problem is the dead money acquired by letting go of players that had recent contracts put into place, i.e.(Jimmy Graham). The list could go on and on. If not for Drew and the offense, the Saints would be lucky to win 5 games a season.

    Then you are obviously watching the tv & not the game. There were 2 maybe 3 games where the defense played but the offense NEVER got going until the 4th quarter. The defense is to blame for many losses,…but not all. But you are a Brees fanboy so you refuse to see that is going on w/the team. FYI,……7-9……..3 straight years……….

  32. madddogg365 says: Apr 5, 2017 10:13 AM

    alonestartexan says:
    Apr 1, 2017 10:34 AM
    It’s kinda odd to see so much hate for Drew Brees.

    As stated above, Brees currently takes up 11% of the Saints salary cap. Brees is going to be a first ballot hall of famer and is arguably the greatest Saint in franchise history. Brees has thrown for 4,000 or more yards for 11 consecutive seasons (to put that into perspective, Tom Brady has only passed for 4,000 yards 8 times in his career.) and has thrown for 5,000 yards in 5 of those 11 seasons.

    Brees has shown no signs of slowing down and the Saints have posted 3 consecutive 7-9 seasons because they have no defense. What exactly do people believe should happen? The Saints cut Brees? Fire Payton? These two gave New Orleans a Super Bowl Championship for a city that’d seen only 6 playoff appearances in the previous 42 years.

    & that was how many years ago? Another nostalgic fan holding on to the past.

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