That being said, the war room does not now hold a first- or second-round pick in this April's draft after sending No. 32 overall and No. 64 overall away in the opening wave of free agency.
Butler wants to get paid, but he's not going to get what he wants with the Patriots. (The wideouts appeared to be involved in a passive-aggressive tweet-off this past week.) By moving Cooks now, New Orleans picks up an extra first-round pick (plus a third), giving the team plenty of ammunition to address glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball.
And that's what makes this Patriots' offseason so unusual - the Patriots are spending big and going after big-name players that they usually don't.
But the Cooks trade really doesn't, as Kellerman implies, declare a now-or-never scenario.
If the Saints, or another suitor, can make a compelling case, the wait figures to be a shorter one.
The New Orland Saints and New England Patriots have finalized their trade, with Brandin Cooks and the Saints fourth round pick headed to New England with the Saints receiving the Patriots' first round pick (32nd overall) and their third round pick.
After yet another disappointing season, the New Orleans Saints knew that there needed to be a lot more changes for the upcoming year. Belichick felt comfortable giving up the team's second-round pick as well, this time trading back eight spots to acquire defensive end Kony Ealy from the Carolina Panthers.
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After the USA hammered Dempster and Andrew Albers , Canada's bullpen finally settled in and matched the American staff. With three runs in the first inning and four more in the second, Canada was taken out of the game in a hurry.
"No bad blood", Cooks said of his time in New Orleans.
Soon after the report, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, mentioned that the Saints were already working on parameters to sign Butler to a new deal.
But he did admit that he wanted to have an expanded role in a Saints offense that fielded one of the best receiving trios in the National Football League last season, teaming Cooks with breakout rookie Michael Thomas and productive second-year target Willie Snead.
Cooks joins an offense that features Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Dion Lewis, James White, and newly acquired Dwayne Allen. If he signs, his agent would no longer be allowed to negotiate with teams and his salary for the season would be significantly lower than his asking price.
The decision to sign Gilmore understandably made Butler upset.
"I'd rather not go into detail", Cooks said. The only reason it's not exactly as much about the future is because there's always the possibility that the Patriots would re-assess and move on when his contract expires in two years.
Whether the bridge is beyond fix or not, the third scenario seems optimistic more than realistic at this point.