Brandin Cooks’ frustrations led to Saints promulgation him to Patriots


It had been rumored for months. And yet, when a Saints traded star far-reaching receiver Brandin Cooks to a Patriots in March, it was one of a many intolerable resources of this offseason.


With a dual teams set to play one another currently during 1 p.m. ET, let’s take a demeanour behind during how this trade — that netted New Orleans a 32nd altogether collect in a 2017 NFL Draft — went down.

According to mixed sources sensitive of a conditions in New Orleans, Cooks was dealt since of a multiple of his unhappiness with his role, his doubts that aging quarterback Drew Brees could get him a round deep, a Saints’ frustrations with Cooks focusing on his numbers and their dishonesty he should be paid like a tip receiver.

In a impersonal assembly with manager Sean Payton low into 2016, Cooks laid out his issues. The Saints got by a season, afterwards dealt Cooks.


It started in a one-point win over a Chargers final year, when Cooks had only 3 catches. He was speckled being grouchy in a locker room notwithstanding a victory, that burnished some in a classification a wrong way.

They knew it was going to be a problem.

Then, Cooks had no catches in a blowout feat over a Rams when a Saints scored 49 points. It was a large diversion for a team, and Cooks took a event to use a emanate to commotion for some-more targets.

“Closed mouths don’t get fed,” he told reporters. That week, reports (including from NFL Network) discussed a dual sides interruption ways in a offseason.

Internally, when Payton discussed a emanate with Cooks, a receiver never left satisfied. The longtime manager pacified a issue, revelation Cooks he’d get targets. And a following week he did — a season-high 7 catches a subsequent week. But Cooks felt a elephant in a room — Brees’ arm strength not enabling him to find Cooks low — couldn’t be talked about on any level.

That was frustrating to him, yet privately and professionally he desired Brees. The conditions and Cooks’ feelings were addressed with Payton, his receivers manager John Morton, descent coordinator Pete Carmichael and ubiquitous manager Mickey Loomis. Some talks even began in a preseason.

To a Saints, Cooks seemed to be some-more endangered about himself than a team. In addition, a Saints knew Cooks eventually wanted to be paid like a tip receiver — something they weren’t peaceful to do. As a result, trade skeleton started shortly thereafter.

Now, he’ll try to uncover his former group what it is missing. Meanwhile, a Saints will be starting Ryan Ramczyk during left tackle — who they comparison with a collect they acquired from a Patriots.

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