Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Brandin Cooks the new Randy Moss for the Patriots?

Should Butler sign his first round tender he would be due $3.91 million dollars. The trades last season involving Jones and Collins are just the most recent examples.

The most accurate rumor that's out there isn't that Cooks asked for a trade, but that his former agent engineered it by making the player's discontent known to the media during the 2016 season and by working directly with one or more other teams to lay the foundation for a deal to be done. To make matters worse for Malcolm Butler, the New England Patriots Stephon Gilmore to a five year, $65 million contract, via a report from the Bleacher Report. Would you be okay with the Texans coughing up their second round pick for a proven, veteran cornerback?

With so many options at play, it's impossible to predict Butler's future beyond tomorrow's journey to the Bayou.

The Saints now own two picks in the first round (11th and 32nd overall), one pick in the second round (42nd overall) and two picks in the third round (76th and 103rd overall) in the first two days of the draft.

One of the teams reportedly interested is (still) the Saints.

The 27-year-old Hightower is one of the highest-profile names left on the free agent market and the Patriots are reported to remain keen to bring back to New England. While the Patriots paid quite a price by giving up such a high pick, the age and talent of Cooks is worth it. Brandin Cooks is no Randy Moss by any means, but he's one of the fastest receivers in the league, able to break the lid off of nearly any defense ( and has been steadily getting better after each of his 3 seasons in the league so far.

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That's the scenario Butler finds himself in now and the Patriots don't seem interested in extending the four-year vet from West Alabama at a rate competitive to what the team recently paid CB Stephon Gilmore. New England and New Orleans have made four deals since September 1, 2015.

Cooks expressed frustration with his role in the offense, and those feelings went public in November.

The decision to sign Gilmore understandably made Butler upset. That's a lot compared to what the undrafted free agent has made so far in his career, but it's not what he wants as a Pro Bowler and a two-time Super bowl victor.

"It was a long process and I guess - so if we could set this straight", Cooks said.

Looking further into going all in this offseason, there are a lot of scenarios that could happen, some maybe more far-fetched than others.

"To come into the league right away and play with a Hall of Fame quarterback, that alone is going to boost your career right away", Cooks said.

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