Brandin Cooks: 'No bad blood' with Saints over trade

Posted March 25, 2017

"As a young guy I think there were some things that I would've liked to have done more", Cooks said. And throughout the process, I felt like I had to take the blows and keep my mouth shut, which is fine. It just happened to be a great opportunity for both sides.

While not almost as valuable as a second round pick in this 2017 class, which is positively loaded with corner prospects that could replace Butler in the long run, keeping him on the team this season and settling for a third round pick two years from now would give the Patriots a very, very strong secondary for 2017.

He attributed it to taking his lumps in a household with three older brothers who never took it easy on him. Even after he didn't end up being a part of the trade for Cooks, the Saints are working hard to bring him in, and talks have already started.

"As far as going into detail on what I would like to do, I'd rather not go into detail", Cooks said.

Beyond their playbook, the Patriots' culture was appealing to Cooks. Now, he might be done in New England. In the most recent edition, Cooks drew a lot of attention during his one-on-one battles with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.

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Asked about Belichick's comments, Cooks said he's simply focused on earning the trust of the coaching staff. "It'll be all about what coach [Bill] Belichick and the offense think I can fit well at and just doing my job the best that I can". The former Oregon State standout has never reached the playoffs in three National Football League seasons, however. TheTimes-Picayune broke down the new deal which is four years for $28 million, and it is worth it for Fairley who had a great season in 2016.

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.

At 5-10, 189 pounds, Cooks is the kind of smaller, versatile receiver with which Tom Brady and the Patriots offense has thrived for years.

The Patriots now add that big play ability to a group that already includes Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.

"First of all, once I found out about (the trade), I was thankful for the opportunity to be able to play in New Orleans and the opportunity they had given me", Cooks said Wednesday.