A Brandin Cooks trade to the New England Patriots has been put on the table, with the New Orleans Saints receiving a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft as compensation. There had been prior NFL trade rumors about the Saints looking to deal Cooks, but it may come as a surprise to some fans that Bill Belichick has already made an official offer to give Tom Brady another weapon.
A report by ESPN confirms that the trade offer has been made, with the New England Patriots trying hard to acquire Brandin Cooks before the 2017 NFL Draft takes place. The New Orleans Saints have reportedly already turned down the deal, hoping instead to find another team willing to give up a better first-round selection. Another detail in the potential Saints trade with the Patriots would be sending back a later-round pick to complete the deal. That secondary pick might have been what caused this initial deal to fall through.