Cooks lands with Patriots

Brandin Cooks, the subject of trade rumors has landed in New England.

The Patriots have found yet another weapon for the greatest quarterback in history.

Rumors of a trade involving Brandin Cooks have been swirling for the past month, but the Saints and Patriots were unable to complete the move. However, the situation changed late Friday as New England sent its first-round draft choice of 2017 (32nd overall) and a third-round pick (103rd overall) to New Orleans in exchange for Cooks and a fourth round pick (118th overall).

Originally a first-round draft choice of New Orleans, Cooks played sparingly as a rookie in 2014 before ending up on Injured Reserve. However, he put together consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in the Saints high-powered offense and finished his career in the big easy with 21 total touchdowns (20 receiving, one rushing). Despite leading the Saints in yards last season, Cooks was unhappy with his reduced role in the offense. The sourness culminated after a week 12 victory over the Rams when Cooks received zero targets. He commented after the game that “closed mouths don’t get fed”.

This trade works out as the perfect win-win for both teams and Cooks. New England gets a game-breaking talent capable of 98-yard touchdowns--just ask Sean Smith--the Saints get more draft picks with which to improve their defense, and Cooks gets out of New Orleans. Every party involved has to be overjoyed.

Of course, adding Cooks to New England’s championship roster is only the latest move that proves why the Patriots are currently the best team in the league. He will join a roster that includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, James White, and Dion Lewis. Expect the Pats to make yet another AFC Championship game next season.

Other Moves

Of course, Cooks isn’t the only former Beaver making news. Mike Remmers signed with the Vikings earlier on Friday, and even Stephen Paea found a new home.

First reported by Brandon George (Dallas Cowboys beat reporter at the Dallas Morning News), Paea is heading to Dallas on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will now join a rising defense and attempt to replace the loss of Terrell McClain.

The Dallas Cowboys have also agreed to a one-year deal with free agent DT Stephen Paea, per source.

— Brandon George (@DMN_George) March 10, 2017

Originally a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Paea spent four seasons in the Windy City, totaling 12 sacks. His best season came in 2014 with 33 combined tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Paea then spent one season apiece with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. His time with those two franchises was short-lived as he served as only a reserve player and only notched two combined sacks.

Paea will now have a chance to revitalize his career in Big D, especially as he attempts to shut down some powerful offenses. Keep an eye on him on seemingly every Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football broadcast during the 2017-18 season. 

The signings Cooks and Paea should wrap up the Oregon State players on the move, but BeaverBlitz will keep you updated if any changes happen.


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Originally a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Paea spent four seasons in the Windy City, totaling 12 sacks. His best season came in 2014 with 33 combined tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Paea then spent one season apiece with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. His time with those two franchises was short-lived as he served as only a reserve player and only notched two combined sacks.

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Paea will now have a chance to revitalize his career in Big D, especially as he attempts to shut down some powerful offenses. Keep an eye on him on seemingly every Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football broadcast during the 2017-18 season. 

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The signings Cooks and Paea should wrap up the Oregon State players on the move, but BeaverBlitz will keep you updated if any changes happen.

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The Patriots have found yet another weapon for the greatest quarterback in history.

Rumors of a trade involving Brandin Cooks have been swirling for the past month, but the Saints and Patriots were unable to complete the move. However, the situation changed late Friday as New England sent its first-round draft choice of 2017 (32nd overall) and a third-round pick (103rd overall) to New Orleans in exchange for Cooks and a fourth round pick (118th overall).

Originally a first-round draft choice of New Orleans, Cooks played sparingly as a rookie in 2014 before ending up on Injured Reserve. However, he put together consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in the Saints high-powered offense and finished his career in the big easy with 21 total touchdowns (20 receiving, one rushing). Despite leading the Saints in yards last season, Cooks was unhappy with his reduced role in the offense. The sourness culminated after a week 12 victory over the Rams when Cooks received zero targets. He commented after the game that “closed mouths don’t get fed”.

This trade works out as the perfect win-win for both teams and Cooks. New England gets a game-breaking talent capable of 98-yard touchdowns--just ask Sean Smith--the Saints get more draft picks with which to improve their defense, and Cooks gets out of New Orleans. Every party involved has to be overjoyed.

Of course, adding Cooks to New England’s championship roster is only the latest move that proves why the Patriots are currently the best team in the league. He will join a roster that includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, James White, and Dion Lewis. Expect the Pats to make yet another AFC Championship game next season.

Other Moves

Of course, Cooks isn’t the only former Beaver making news. Mike Remmers signed with the Vikings earlier on Friday, and even Stephen Paea found a new home.

First reported by Brandon George (Dallas Cowboys beat reporter at the Dallas Morning News), Paea is heading to Dallas on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will now join a rising defense and attempt to replace the loss of Terrell McClain.

The Dallas Cowboys have also agreed to a one-year deal with free agent DT Stephen Paea, per source.

— Brandon George (@DMN_George) March 10, 2017

Originally a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Paea spent four seasons in the Windy City, totaling 12 sacks. His best season came in 2014 with 33 combined tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Paea then spent one season apiece with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. His time with those two franchises was short-lived as he served as only a reserve player and only notched two combined sacks.

Paea will now have a chance to revitalize his career in Big D, especially as he attempts to shut down some powerful offenses. Keep an eye on him on seemingly every Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football broadcast during the 2017-18 season.

The signings Cooks and Paea should wrap up the Oregon State players on the move, but BeaverBlitz will keep you updated if any changes happen.

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