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New England Patriots Make A Trade With The Saints For A Top Receiver

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks #10 of the New Orleans Saints scores on a 45 yard touchdown reception past free safety Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

New England Patriots Make A Trade With The Saints For A Top Receiver

Finally the Brandin Cooks saga has come to an end as the New England Patriots have made a trade with the New Orleans Saints to land the wide out.

Cooks is 23 years old and will enter his fourth season in the NFL this upcoming season, as a receiver for Drew Brees he was able to real in 78 catches this past season for 8 touchdowns. The Saints were looking to move on from Cooks given that he was 3rd on their wide out depth chart.

The Saint moved him now because they were on the hook to pay him $781,599 roster bonus that was due on the 5th league day of the year which would be this upcoming Monday.

With the addition of Cooks the Patriots depth chart sits as follows in no particular order.


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Amendola is on the roster right now and he has a base salary of $6 million owed to him next season, there is no way he comes into the season on the Patriots roster with that number. According to reports a couple of weeks ago Amendola was receptive to a restructure to remain with New England.

In terms of Cooks it was rumored earlier in the day that the Patriots could send Malcolm Butler down to New Orleans in exchange for the receiver. But instead the agreement was for draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter though it is still possible for the Patriots to send Malcolm to New Orleans in another trade in the near future.

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About Tanner Rebelo (178 Articles)
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