Saints rejected Titans, Eagles on Cooks

Mar 16, 2017, 00:43

Additionally, LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent, and the Patriots have to cement their running back situation, whether by re-signing Blount, someone else, or drafting a replacement. He was able to observe it when his Saints faced them in joint practices during training camp a year ago. So the Pats might accept the Saints' 32nd and 76th picks (800 points) as comparable compensation to the Texans' first-rounder in order to ship Butler out of the AFC, assuming the Saints also have an acceptable extension in place for Butler.

That would seem unlikely given that Belichick's preference would likely be to send Butler out of the conference, and the fact it might not be a strong enough depending on what the Saints come through with.

But things have been moving swiftly this offseason, with New England making a trio of trades and several signings over the first two days of the new National Football League year. Still, New Orleans addressed one of their serious needs and is likely going to see a big improvement on defense with Okafor in there.

Malcolm Butler would still attract a lot of interest from a lot of teams that could offer him more money.

It's interesting to note that their reader poll asked who "won" the trade, with the Patriots edging out the vote with 56%.

Houston and New England could work out a deal for compensation.

March 2017: Acquired Brandin Cooks and fourth-round pick from New Orleans in exchange for first-round pick and third-round pick. 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. Cooks, though, was about to have his $781,599 roster bonus kick in this Monday, and time to take the best available offer on the table was diminishing.

Meanwhile, Patriots unrestricted free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.

Despite winning last season's Super Bowl, the New England Patriots have arguably been the most active team this offseason.

At worst, the Gilmore signing gives the team a No. 1 caliber corner to replace Butler. It just happened to be a great opportunity for both sides to be able to do what they want to do, and to be sent off to a good team for me.

Bleacher Report mentioned that it was CSN New England's Michael Girardi who broke the news about Butler's feelings towards the addition of Gilmore.

Ealy had three sacks in the Super Bowl against Denver two years ago, but never developed into the dominant pass rusher the Panthers hoped he would become.

"Of course initially (I was) a bit shocked", Allen said.