The Philadelphia Eagles are apparently in the hunt to acquire Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks, but they’ll have some competition.
The Patriots and Titans are reportedly interested as well.
New Orleans is said to be looking for a “significant return’ in exchange for the 23-year-old. According to reports, the Pats have already tried to ship their 32nd overall pick in the 2017 Draft for Cooks, but it apparently wasn’t enough.
That being said, Philly may have to give more than they’re willing to part with if they want their man.
Head coach Sean Payton on the trade rumors, via neworleansaints.com: ‘I saw it this morning. I would say this: It’s not uncommon, at this event, where there’s a lot of discussion in regard to picks, players. I said this before, Brandin is someone we value tremendously in our system. He’s been extremely productive. He’s everything we were wanting when we drafted him. Now, that being said, these news items come up and there are a lot of meetings that take place here. I wouldn’t say he’s on the trade block but certainly when a team calls, a team that’s looking for a receiver – and we’re looking to improve our defense – we’re always listening. I know (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis) has probably spoken to a handful of GMs or presidents with other teams, but right now I’m comfortable, we’re comfortable with (Cooks) in a Saints uniform. We think the world of him and his skill-set. (Compensation for Cooks) would have to be something real significant. That’s part of being at the Combine, it’s one of the things that takes place here and that news certainly spreads quicker now than it would 10 years ago.’