New Patriots WR Cooks ready to earn trust of Belichick

New Patriots WR Cooks ready to earn trust of Belichick

In the most recent edition, Cooks drew a lot of attention during his one-on-one battles with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. He could still sign a longer extension if a team acquires him via trade. After making just $600,000 last season, Butler was one of the best bargains in the entire NFL. To make matters worse for Malcolm Butler, the New England Patriots Stephon Gilmore to a five year, $65 million contract, via a report from the Bleacher Report. The vertical threat which nearly certainly spells the end for Michael Floyd and Danny Amendola in New England, cost a first and third-round pick while bringing in a fourth.

Butler's tender with the Patriots remains unsigned. Still, New Orleans addressed one of their serious needs and is likely going to see a big improvement on defense with Okafor in there. With a couple of free agency signings and the re-signings of a few of their own players, the Saints aren't sitting quietly by and letting other teams advance.

He was linked to the Titans and Eagles in early March trade rumors before he was finally dealt to the Patriots this past Friday. The Saints now have the Patriots 32nd overall selection that they traded in exchange to bring receiver Brandin Cooks to New England, as well as the 11th overall pick in the draft.

New Orleans has shown that it is able to get rid of offensive players and still have one of the top offenses in the in the NFL. With Brees slinging him the ball, the speedy wide receiver quickly blossomed into a star for New Orleans, racking up 215 receptions, 2,861 receiving yards and 20 touchdown catches over his first three pro seasons.

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But he did admit that he wanted to have an expanded role in a Saints offense that fielded one of the best receiving trios in the National Football League last season, teaming Cooks with breakout rookie Michael Thomas and productive second-year target Willie Snead. It's worth noting this is allowed even though he's a restricted free agent.

Every year it seems the New England Patriots are bucking traditional thinking and finding new ways to achieve the ultimate goal of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

The decision to sign Gilmore understandably made Butler upset. The only reason it's not exactly as much about the future is because there's always the possibility that the Patriots would re-assess and move on when his contract expires in two years. "I'm not sure what my role is going to be, but I'm excited just to get to work and learn from everyone around me".

According to Kevin Duffy of, Cooks said he did not request a trade, adding suggestions that he did were "taken out of context".

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