Patriots offer 32nd pick for Brandin Cooks

Source Mark Lagrange

Source Mark Lagrange

The most notable trade chatter involves New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. New England apparently offered its No. 32 overall pick in the draft in its package, but it was refused by the Saints.

No matter how you slice it, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes a whole lot of sense for the Philadelphia Eagles. While New Orleans Saints fans wouldn't want to lose Cooks for just a role player, expect the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans to improve their trade offers soon. Rapoport's tweet didn't mention any specific teams or touch on the Birds' willingness to deal the veteran, so we'll keep tabs on this one as the combine moves along.

"I've said this before: Brandin is someone we value tremendously in our system".

The highly productive receiver complained about getting the ball and how he was being used in the Saints' offense.

The Titans need another threat to complement Rishard Matthews and help further elevate quarterback Marcus Mariota's play. I do not wish to trade Graham, but I would not be surprised to see his name if the Eagles get into a bidding war for Cooks.

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Cooks has 2,311 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in the last two seasons, both of which were 1,000-yard receving seasons. They have him under contractual control for two more seasons.

Cooks will enter the fourth year of his five-year rookie contract with a base salary of $1.56 million for 2017.

The Saints offense ranked in the top three in the National Football League in yardage each of the past three seasons, but the defense has finished 27th or worse each of those years, which is why the team is seeking extra assets. The team holds a fifth-year option on him, which will likely be exercised and will likely cost around $8.5 million for 2018. Cooks would immediately be the best receiver on either team. Their ultimate goal is to topple the defending Super Bowl Champions, the mighty New England Patriots. It's the second consecutive season Cooks has produced over 1,000 yards. By trading for Cooks, the Eagles will have added a wide receiver who they will eventually have to pay top dollar for but who would give them a low-priced player in 2017.

Trading Cooks to the Patriots would be like breaking up with your girlfriend and watching her go date a millionaire. The asking price for Cooks is at least a first round pick, and Payton said it would have to be "something significant".

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