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Brandin Cooks Trade: Patriots acquire wide receiver from Saints

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Brandin Cooks isn’t headed to Philly.

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The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be getting Brandin Cooks. The New Orleans Saints are shipping their 23-year-old wide receiver to the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Here’s what the trade looks like:

New England Patriots receive: Brandin Cooks, Saints’ 4th round pick (No. 118)

New Orleans Saints receive: Patriots’ 1st round pick (No. 32), Patriots’ 3rd round pick (No. 103)

The Eagles were reportedly interested in trading for Cooks but it seemed like New Orleans’ asking price was too high. Ultimately, the Patriots were able to get it done with a late first and a swap of late Day 2/early Day 3 picks.

Adding Cooks to Philadelphia’s wide receiving corps would have been nice, but it became less likely when the Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this week. Cooks will need a new contract soon so the team paying for him has to be prepared to pay him.

Philadelphia was also able to keep their first and third round picks by signing Jeffery, as opposed to losing them by acquiring Cooks. What choice would you rather have? Vote in the poll below.