Johnny Jones, Brandin Cooks exit the scene

Tricia Pearson
March 12, 2017

The Pats will also send the compensatory third-round pick they received from the Jamie Collins deal (pick No. 103) in exchange for the Saints fourth-round pick (No. 118).

During his last season with the Saints, Brandin Cooks had 78 catches for 1,173 yards, and also put down eight touchdowns.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been a fan of Cooks since he entered the National Football League as a first-round draft choice out of Oregon State in 2014. There will be some serious decisions for New England to make including deciding what impending free agents they will resign or let go. Earlier reports had the Saints wanting New England cornerback Malcolm Butler in the deal but in the end, the draft picks were enough.

The Ravens did their heavy lifting on day one of free agency, locking up their own best free agent, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, with a five-year, $54 million contract with $27.5 million in guaranteed money. In 2016 Cooks caught 73 passes for 1173 yards but, he wasn't the only productive WR. There are many reasons to love the addition of Cooks, but here are five reasons excitement is rippling throughout New England and Patriots Nation throughout the country.

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The Patriots certainly gave up a lot of draft capital to acquire these players, but they were all impressive win now moves. If Belichick starts feeling left out of the draft, he can always look to his old home of Cleveland and its nine top-65 picks in the next two seasons. Ealy is an inconsistent player, but he is extremely talented and fills a major position of need for the Patriots. It should be interesting to watch what kind of numbers Brandin Cooks can put up catching passes from an all-time great in Tom Brady. The Saints value Cooks, he's a shining star and they'd never break up with him unless the other receiver was like, super hot.

By making this trade, New England is hoping Cooks won't have a Kenny Stills-type downturn after leaving the friendly confines of the Superdome. This is another big trade, and another sign the Patriots know what they want and typically are able to get what they want.

If the Patriots were hard to stop before, it is going to be nearly impossible now.

And if Brady maintains his high level of play, he's likely to continue one of the most remarkable runs in pro sports history.

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