Patriots land WR Brandin Cooks from Saints

0:46 | NFL        New Orleans Saints trade Brandin Cooks to Patriots for picks

Are the New England Patriots finished yet? However, the Patriots are determined to get Cooks, which is the reason why trade with the Saints is their priority.

The New England Patriots reportedly traded their first-round pick (no. 32) and third-round pick (no. 103) in 2017 to the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks and New Orleans's fourth-round pick (no. 118).

Last season, Cooks finished with a career high 1,173 yards on 78 catches and eight touchdowns playing with the Saints. But Belichick kept Butler and still got Cooks in a deal that included New England's first-round pick (32nd overall). Brady's backup has one year remaining on his contract, and the Browns have expressed interest in dealing for the 25-year-old quarterback.

Cooks has one year left on his rookie contract worth $1.56 million, according to ESPN, with the Patriots "now holding a fifth-year option for about $8.5 million in 2018".

It began with snagging Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts. "I'm excited to be here, man".

The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Martellus Bennett. In each of his seasons since he was picked by the franchise from Big Easy, he had 1,100 yards at least. Cooks will be the best wide receiver on the team from the get-go, and it's harder to think of a better complement to Rob Gronkowski. He's been extremely productive and will be a great fit in the New England offense.

In a separate deal, reports say the Pats acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from Carolina for a second round draft pick. Some might remember Ealy or his performance in Super Bowl 50. Jefferson recorded 92 tackles, two sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and defended five passes last season. But reported the Saints wanted more than the No. 32 pick in the National Football League draft. Knowing this, the Patriots are all in to win as many titles as possible before Brady retires. And with the addition of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots bolstered up their secondary.

Unheralded linebacker Craig Robinson played well in the middle last season and now it appears newly-acquired free agent linebacker A.J. Klein will be the man in the middle this season.

If the Patriots were hard to stop before, it is going to be nearly impossible now. Do they simply have different plans for him than his past teams have had?

The real interesting thing is that the Patriots were also able to keep Butler despite the trade.

For the Patriots, the trade for Cooks may make sense.