Tough Seeing A Scenario In Which The Brandin Cooks Trade Doesn't End Up Being A Steal For The Patriots
You know, it's not so much that I'm annoyed with the return that the Saints ended up getting for Brandin Cooks. Personally, I think he was worth more than a pick that was so late in the first round that it might as well be in the second round and a hop, skip, an a jump up in a middling Day 2 draft slot, but fans tend to overrate the value of the players they root for and wide receivers tend to fetch merely bargain pricing when they hit the trade market. What I am annoyed by is the Saints sitting down at the negotiating table with the New England Patriots in the first place.
I don't know what deals they were presented with or if any of them would have been considered a "win" for the Saints, but I do know that a franchise that constantly muddles the brain of their competition - both on and off the field - just got a player they've raved about for years on end for the low, low price of a complete uncertainty. Bill Belichick probably flashed a sheepish smirk once the paperwork went through, and - given his track record - that makes me feel like the Who Dat Nation should probably be bearing a collective frown.
Unless Jeff Ireland summons the ghosts of New Orleans dire scouting past then the #32 pick in an extremely deep draft can provide more to the Saints defense than a speedy wideout can provide to an offense that has kept it moving through the departure of far more transcendent talents than Brandin Cooks. That being said, a 23 year old with multiple 1,100 yard seasons and the ability to take it the distance on any given play just got added to a Super Bowl champion, and I'm not entirely sure how that works in accordance with the ultimate goal of giving Drew Brees another viable shot at a title before he retires. I know you shouldn't make trades with any team but your own in mind, but if there were a team to debunk the validity of that common used philosophy then it would be the team that has somehow turned conference championships into an annual occurrence. This deal could make the Saints better and STILL increase the gap between them and an organization that is currently the class of the league, and that idea is downright frightening. Especially if this report of passing up on adding a familiar face and a known quantity/quality to the secondary has any truth to it whatsoever...
Malcolm Butler's name is still blowing in the trade winds, the Saints are apparently trying to restructure current contracts, and one source that's proven reliable in the past seems to think that those two things are related...
However, if I were to view the move as what it currently stands then I feel a lot like some of the players that it directly affects, and that's not a good thing...