Trader Bill strikes again: Patriots reportedly get Brandin Cooks from Saints (Shutdown Corner)

It’s been clear for more than a week that the New Orleans Saints were looking to trade receiver Brandin Cooks, and for a few days, the team rumored to be most interested in acquiring Cooks was the New England Patriots. Dianna Russini of ESPN reported on Friday night that the Patriots got Cooks, a 2014 first-round draft pick, from New Orleans in exchange for the Patriots’ first-round pick this year (32nd overall) and a third-round pick (103rd).