Saints Could Trade WR Brandin Cooks

Saints Could Trade WR Brandin Cooks

If the New Orleans Saints are going to deal wide receiver Brandin Cooks this offseason, they're hoping another team meets their requests. Every competing offer gives the Saints more leverage to ask for more in return for Cooks, so this might not be the last offer we see from New England. Chris Mortensen of ESPN said the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans have engaged in trade talks with the Saints about Cooks.

"We want to be bigger at the receiver position, but you would be insane if you looked at Brandin Cooks and said we're not going to take him because he's 5-9", Kelly said then.

But Cooks has also been a bit inconsistent, grew frustrated with his role, and now the Saints reportedly might be willing to move on.

Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) signs autographs for young fans before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cooks' agents also represent Marcus Mariota and Carson Wentz, who are the quarterbacks of the two aforementioned teams. Although, he did say that GM Mickey Loomis has probably spoken with multiple other teams and that trading for Cooks would take something significant. Brandin Cooks, who has accounted for just over 22 percent of the passing offense (2,311 yards) and 25 percent of passing touchdowns (17 touchdowns) in the past two seasons, will obviously command some large market value being on the trade block. He would be under contract this season, with an option for 2018, said to be around 8.5 million.

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A Cooks trade could make sense because the Saints have a glaring need to improve their defense and a proven history of continuing to thrive on offense without their top playmakers.

When a team that lives in the Super Bowl expresses interest in your player, does that make you want to keep him? To note, four other receivers from Cooks' draft class are likely see big-time dollars whenever their contracts are extended.

But when identifying a best-case scenario for the Eagles to fill their wide-receiver need while staying salary cap-compliant and true to the team's long-term outlook, there are few better options than Cooks. The Eagles now sit at 8.7 million under the salary cap according to Overthecap.com.

The Eagles have the 14th overall pick, and the Titans hold the 18th pick. Even rarer are trades that involve sending away very high draft picks in exchange for a player.