Trade history between Patriots, Saints returns to forefront with Malcolm Butler

There was speculation that he would deal Butler to the Saints for speedy receiver Brandin Cooks, a former first-round pick. The Patriots made arguably the biggest move in the offseason trading with the New Orleans Saints for their star wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Pittsburgh’s insecurity likely stems from their time with running back LeGarrette Blount, who the Steelers signed away from New England in 2014 only for the back to quit on them midseason and immediately go back to the Patriots once released. If he does not, then Butler leaves and the Patritos are compensated with his new team’s first round draft pick.

I love the way Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen came on a year ago, and with the unrestricted free agent receiver market already picked through, could a rebuilding team cast their lot in his direction?

It’s wonderful just how quickly things can change, and now Butler’s future is suddenly in doubt given how things have transpired over the last week.

“It’s a first-class place – a place you’d love to be a part of”, Cooks said. Considering the Saints had a losing record almost the entire year, those feelings might’ve been understandable, but his timing was poor as the leak happened after a 49-21 Saints victory in which he had zero targets. “It was a long process”.

“They have a pretty good sight of how they want to use me, and just over the years they’ve learned how to use different receivers to bring out their talent”.

There might be some truth to any of those theories, but instincts tell me that all of them probably miss hitting the bull’s-eye of what could better help everyone understand this surprising turn of events. 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.

With their work this off-season, it looks like Belichick and Kraft have made the Patriots great again.

Cooks has appeared in all 16 regular-season games for New Orleans the past two years and is coming off back-to-back 1,100-yard receiving seasons, in which he also had 17 touchdowns.

Garoppolo himself is expendable simply due to the presence of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady under center.

Cooks has consistently praised Saints quarterback Drew Brees and even mimicked some of his practice routine.

Now that Cooks is in New England, his role could change to something more like whatever it was he wanted it to be in New Orleans. Retaining players of this caliber gives Pittsburgh plenty of flexibility when it comes to free agency, and rarely compels them to commit large chunks of cap space to hired guns. It isn’t their modus operandi to pay guys early, and though that’s resulted in some unhappy campers over the years, it’s not like we can exactly argue with the results. “As soon as I found out, I couldn’t be more thankful throughout this time”. So, that was very helpful.

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