Wideout Brandin Cooks is on the trade block and the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in trading for him.
Speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks is unhappy with his role in the New Orleans Saints‘ offense and could possibly be traded. NFL insider Ian Rapoport first reported Cooks’ dissatisfaction in December.
Trading for Cooks would be a huge move for the Eagles. Philadelphia’s receiving corps was arguably the worst in the NFL in 2016 and the team is desperate to add talent around quarterback Carson Wentz.
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Cooks was selected by the Saints with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In just three seasons, he has amassed 215 receptions for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns. At just 5’10”, Cooks’ size is less than ideal, but his speed and elusiveness make him a legitimate threat on all areas of the field.
The 23-year-old wideout is no stranger to carrying a receiving corps. His final season at Oregon State, Cooks caught 128 balls in just 13 games, winning him the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
Trading for a player with Cooks’ track record would require a very large return. The Eagles would have to give up multiple draft selections and possibly a useful player to bring Cooks to Philadelphia. Luckily, the Eagles have eight selections in this year’s draft and are looking to move multiple players as well.
The Saints still view Cooks as a valuable asset. In December, Saints head coach Sean Payton called the trade rumors “garbage” and dismissed any inkling of potential for a trade to occur. But whether the Saints want to move him or not, Cooks’ frustration has been made abundantly clear, which may force the team to move him at some point during the offseason.