"They tell you it's a business. Well I guess I have to turn into a businessman? #shootyourarrows"
Don't do it Brandin. Trust me when I say that it's not in your best interest. There are far worst places to be than on pace for a 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns as the secondary receiver in a pass happy offense led by a future 'Hall Of Fame' quarterback. I would imagine it sucks to not get a single target in a game in which your team put 49(!) points, but now is not the time to become a high maintenance diva. Not only because Drew Brees has never shown a bias in getting the ball to whoever is open, but also because you are not nearly good enough to start whining about your involvement in an offense that's always made the players who play in it better.
That's not to say Brandin Cooks isn't an excellent wide receiver, but it is to say that he's not some transcendent talent that can get away with bitching every time he's not a focal point. I wouldn't go as far as saying this is a T.O.-esque move from someone that's undoubtedly not a pass catcher of T.O.'s caliber, but selfishly bitching about the ever present business-side of football is not a good look when you play in a system that requires selflessness. The money will work itself when it has to, but mid-season while his unit is firing on all cylinders is undoubtedly not that time.
The fact of the matter is that Michael Thomas is going to end up being - if he's not already - the Saints #1 receiver. He simply brings the size, strength, and ability to fight for the football and break tackles that Brandin Cooks hasn't proven he possesses. Personally, I don't think it's a knock on a 5'10 player to say he's better suited to be a #2 wideout that can take the top off a defense and create mismatches with his speed. He might disagree, but if Sean Payton's history is any indication then I highly doubt he's putting up better stats in any other uniform so he might just want to appreciate the one he's in for the time being. Especially since it was his presence that allowed his teammates to carve up the Rams at will, even if - for one week - he didn't have the numbers to back it up.