Patriots Acquire WR Brandin Cooks From Saints

It started with the Patriots offering a first-round pick to the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks. Unfortunately, the Patriots are not going to give him that much especially after signing Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal.

Butler has been tendered a $3.91 million offer from the Patriots as an restricted free agent but can not be part of any trade until under contract.

Meanwhile, the Patriots signed fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the division-rival Buffalo Bills early in free agency. More likely, the Saints and Butler would agree on a contract and then the Saints and Patriots would agree on a trade for something less than the No. 11 pick.

The trade went down nearly two years to the day after the Saints shipped scoring machine tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to Super Bowl XLIX runnerup Seattle for Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a first round pick (No. 31).

After playing three seasons with the New England Patriots and helping them win two Super Bowl championships, including the game saving interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Malcolm Butler understandably wanted a raise on his new deal. We wish him all the luck with the Patriots (besides, of course, when the two teams meet up this season).

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Let Butler sign with the Texans and collect a second round pick.

As it turns out, Malcolm Butler does have the Saints' eye after all.

Teams control young players' rights for an extended period while paying them at a negotiated, limited scale.

The departure of Cooks became a foregone conclusion once the Saints signed speedy receiver Ted Ginn Jr. He's a great player who has made a lot of good plays in the league. He now replaces Jabaal Sheard, who signed a free-agent deal with the Colts, and adds yet another vibrant element to an already terrific defense. If they chose not to match, New England would receive a first-round pick from the Saints. But the 30-year-old Bennett was in search of a more lucrative contract on the open market than the Patriots were willing to offer. New England received the 114th pick back from New Orleans, but because of the Deflategate penalty, the Patriots will be given the last pick in the 4th Round and the New Orleans pick will be taken away.

  • Lawrence Cooper