Right now, the New England Patriots have a first-round tender placed on Butler and it would pay him 43.91 million in 2017. He was able to observe it when his Saints faced them in joint practices during training camp a year ago. New England might just get Cooks for one season, and if the season doesn't end in a trip to the Super Bowl, it could be a letdown. But a team like the Saints could tentatively outline a more lucrative contract with Butler and his agent, Derek Simpson, before picking up the phone to discuss a trade with the Patriots.
Per PFT, the Titans offered to swap first-round picks and give the Saints a third-round pick for Cooks.
That would seem unlikely given that Belichick's preference would likely be to send Butler out of the conference, and the fact it might not be a strong enough depending on what the Saints come through with.
Of course, Cooks didn't pick Brees, as he was fortunate to land with the New Orleans Saints, who selected him 20th overall in the 2014 National Football League draft. Cooks is set to make about $1.56 million in 2017 and has an option that can be picked up for 2018. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11. He's going from a team that never reached the playoffs during his three seasons to one that has competed in the postseason eight consecutive seasons and has missed the playoffs just twice since 2001. While the Patriots paid quite a price by giving up such a high pick, the age and talent of Cooks is worth it.
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Cooks is leaving a crowding receiving corps in New Orleans that included Michael Thomas and Willie Snead to join one in New England that boasts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell.
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What Randy Moss was to Tom Brady back in the record breaking 2007 season, Brandin Cooks can be in the upcoming years for the New England Patriots' franchise.
Under Sean Payton and Drew Brees, New Orleans has always been an offense that spreads the ball around, and Cooks hinted he would have liked to have a hand in some duties that went to other players. (With how many there were, it would have been impossible to keep them all.) There's still some questions with Butler and his situation, but even if he doesn't return, as long as Hightower re-signs, the unit could be even better than it was this past season.
Would Belichick have done these deals say five years ago?
"It's just a dream come true and a blessing to be able to have this opportunity now to play for them".
"As far as going into detail on what I would like to do, I'd rather not go into detail", Cooks said.