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Patriots may deal Butler for Cooks 

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On March 9, 2017 at 10:27 am EST

The New England Patriots have made a surprising move. One day after they acquired Dwayne Allen in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, the team is considering making another deal.

The Patriots are considering dealing cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints. In exchange, New England would receive wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

Malcolm Butler (Getty Images)

Malcolm Butler (Getty Images)

Butler saw the writing on the wall when it was announced Thursday morning the Patriots are signing Stephon Gilmore. The top free agent cornerback was supposed to play alongside Butler for at least a year — but that may not happen now.

Butler signed a one-year tender, so he’s going to be with the Patriots of the Saints for at least one season. Then, he’ll want to cash in free agency.

Cooks is in the final year and has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks. However, the Saints initially wanted a second-round pick for him.

Recently, they even turned down the Patriots No. 32 overall pick in the first-round for Cooks. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans were also reportedly in the mix.

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