Titans, Eagles Talking Brandin Cooks Trade With Saints

It seems the Saints have made wide receiver Brandin Cooks available in a potential trade, and the Patriots may be one of the interested teams.

Cooks, meanwhile, was the 20th overall pick in 2014 and has consistently produced during his career, which helps explain why the Saints want proper value in a swap.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field. However, it's hard to tell if the Eagles would be willing to part with a high draft pick to acquire Cooks, a former first-round pick, in a rebuilding offseason.

Cooks had another good statistical season in 2016, where he had 78 receptions for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. Although, he did say that GM Mickey Loomis has probably spoken with multiple other teams and that trading for Cooks would take something significant.

Regardless of the price tag (barring any insane deal like two first-round picks), the Eagles need to get this done. Cooks is worth a second, but in this loaded draft class, teams should be hoarding picks, not giving them up.

Nearly as importantly as what he would give the Eagles on the field, he makes a lot of sense from a financial standpoint. Few argue yes while the majority disagrees; but if Baltimore spent their first rounder on a pass-catcher who produced 1,000 yards receiving, everybody would jump for joy. If it were just the Eagles trading for him, things would be easier, but with the Titans likely in the lead for his services, it will drive up the price. He is just 23 years old and is three months younger than Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell.

If Howie Roseman can pull off this trade, it would nearly be as if the Eagles and Cooks had come full circle after the then-general manager narrowly missed drafting the receiver.

It is no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers were a disappointment this past season. He would immediately become the main target for either Carson Wentz or Marcus Mariota, and he would pair nicely with their strong, accurate arms. ESPN's Trey Wingo pointed out that Cooks has 11 touchdown catches of 30 or more yards since 2014, second-most in the National Football League behind Odell Beckham Jr.

Cooks has hauled in over 1,100 yards each of the last two seasons.

That's why I don't think there's any motivation for the Saints to trade Cooks. But Cooks is versatile and would give coach Doug Pederson an underneath weapon to utilize in his multifaceted offense. In terms of pure talent, Foster is a Top 5 prospect this year. Millions that they can use to fill other needs and build a powerhouse in the NFC.

  • Julie Sanders