Brandin Cooks the new Randy Moss for the Patriots?

He said he learned a lot about "the Patriot Way" from his time practicing against New England the past two summers. The New England Patriots are still setting their sights on their own free agent players, namely Dont'a Hightower and Malcolm Butler.

The Titans, however, did not have a 1,000-yard receiver last season and have yet to sign a player at the position in free agency. On Friday, March 10, the New Orleans Saints traded leading receiver Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots.

The 23-year-old Cooks has been the object of trade talks since the NFL Combine earlier this month, and the Patriots reportedly made an offer for the receiver earlier this month. But NOLA.com reported the Saints wanted more than the No. 32 pick in the National Football League draft.

Signing the ex-Bengal also suggests that New England's 2017 running back depth chart will look different from the 2016 version.

In other words, Butler might agree to terms with the Saints, but then just work out a deal with the Patriots.

Butler would have to sign his restricted free agent tender to be traded and he hasn't done that yet, but the Saints can still sign him to an offer sheet. The Saints traded up to draft Cooks with the 20th pick of the 2014 draft. He played his collegiate days for Oregon State, and the production he showed as a Beaver translated into the NFL. While some have questioned Gilmore's status as an elite cornerback - PFF gave him a 73.2 grade for 2016, 61st among cornerbacks - he also pulled in five interceptions a year ago.

The Saints ended up sending Cooks and a fourth-round pick (118th overall) to the Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick (32nd overall) and a third-round pick (103rd overall).

According to La Canfora, the Patriots are fine with the idea of Butler signing with another team since it will give them a first-round pick. His new team and former team has participated in joint practices the last two years and Cooks now welcomes the chance to be apart of a class organization. New Orleans needs plenty of help on defense, and this draft is also deep with pass-rushing defensive linemen and defensive backs, both areas of need for the Saints.

  • Julie Sanders