Malcolm Butler Is Set To Visit The Saints And Potentially Make The Brandin Cooks Trade A Lot Worse Or A Lot Better
How do I feel about this news? In a word, bipolar. You see, I don't know whether to feel a sense of relief that there was a little more going behind the scenes during a Brandin Cooks trade that felt disappointing, or a sense of impending doom that Saints have put themselves in the unenviable position of being the Patriots new favorite trade partner. One second I feel like this plan was set in place from behind closed doors the entire time and the next second I feel like the Saints are about to get fleeced (again) by a team that never fails to make other teams act completely out of character. Sean Payton and Bill Belichick respect each other, but do they respect each other enough to be making handshake deals that take almost a week to come to fruition?
I guess that's what we will find out shortly, because if New Orleans gives up the #11 pick in a deep defensive draft just to pay a #1 cornerback the market value then they have come under the same spell that forced the Seahawks to throw on the goal line and Falcons to actively piss away a 25 point lead. However, if they give up the #32 pick they received for Brandin Cooks or literally anything less than that then the trade that had most Saints fans cursing at their cell phone screen late on Friday night becomes much easier to live with.
I refuse to underestimate the Patriots' front office just like I refuse to overestimate the Saints' front office, but it's beginning to look a lot like the franchises took the long way to the oh-so-rare player-for-player swap. There's simply no way two teams that have such high level of familiarity with one another hammered out a deal for a two-time 1,100 yard wide receiver without discussing - in detail - the short term plan for the restricted free agent that was rumored be a part of said deal less than a week prior to reconvening on another deal. Whether that plan involved Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton getting raped of their two biggest assets just to flip Brandin Cooks into a proven defensive player remains to be seen, and the fact that New England is on the other side of the negotiating table makes me want to close my eyes and pray harder than the disgruntled wideout they just shipped up to Boston. I guess nothing would surprise me, except for Malcolm Butler not becoming the next member of the New Orleans Saints.
I guess 'One Angry Midget' has one hell of an institution or one keen ear to the organization, because he very well may have been spot on the entire time....