By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On March 10, 2017 at 8:20 pm EST
The New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade. In exchange, the New Orleans Saints are receiving the Patriots first-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
It is the 32nd overall pick in the draft, the last pick in the first-round. The Saints said they would like to receive a first-round pick for Cooks, despite rumors of the Saints willingness to accept a second-round for him from the Philadelphia Eagles or the Tennessee Titans.
The Saints are also getting the Patriots third-round pick – the 103rd overall – in the trade. The Patriots are also receiving a fourth-round pick in the deal.
With Cooks, as the newest target for Tom Brady, the team is expected to move on from Danny Amendola. The Patriots will also be responsible for Cook’s $781,599 roster bonus that is due on Monday.
This is the Patriots second trade in the past two days. They acquired tight end Dwayne Allen in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.
The Saints have cited that they did not want to pay him that roster bonus. Or his demands of a huge long-term deal that New Orleans was not willing to do.
With Drew Brees as his quarterback last season, he had 78 receptions for a career-high 1,173 receiving yards. He also had seven touchdowns.
As a rookie, he had 84 receptions for 1,138 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015.
He is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Patriots will now try to lock him up to multi-year deal.
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