dglobalnews.com Patriots CB Butler slated to visit Saints
Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Patriots CB Butler slated to visit Saints

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder can not be traded to another team until it is. Every remaining year with Tom Brady at the helm is a window for a Super Bowl run, and Bill Belichick might not be willing to gut his entire secondary for only one draft pick- expect the final trade price to be much, much higher than what Rick Smith is willing to pay. Thus, tomorrow's visit would still be fruitful in order to work on the terms of a contract extension that Butler could sign immediately following the trade. Would you be okay with the Texans coughing up their second round pick for a proven, veteran cornerback?

The Patriots have a few options when it comes to Butler.

Meanwhile, the Saints are stockpiling draft picks and will have five selections in the first three rounds in April.

The Saints also signed offensive guard Larry Warford with a $14-million guarantee, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with a $3-million guarantee, and linebacker A.J. Klein with a $9.4-million guarantee.

But the Cooks trade really doesn't, as Kellerman implies, declare a now-or-never scenario.

He's fresh off back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons as one of Drew Brees' favorite targets in the pass-friendly Saints offense.

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He was linked to the Titans and Eagles in early March trade rumors before he was finally dealt to the Patriots this past Friday. Although Butler reportedly wants to be a "Patriot for life", Giardi's read on the situation - as he said on Twitter on Tuesday - is that he is beginning to like the thought of playing for the Saints.

Soon after the report, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, mentioned that the Saints were already working on parameters to sign Butler to a new deal.

It makes sense for Cooks to gravitate to the slot, given that outside receivers not named Randy Moss typically don't fare as well in the New England system.

Cooks joins an offense that features Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Dion Lewis, James White, and newly acquired Dwayne Allen. In addition to having better QBs on the schedule next season, the team had a free agent cornerback in Logan Ryan who was going to command in the area of $10 million a year on his next contract.

Gilmore signed a $65 million on the first day of free agency, worth approximately $14 million per season.

"I'd rather not go into detail", Cooks said. That makes the Ealy trade seem all that more exciting now, doesn't it? But, with Brady throwing the ball, Cooks may be used in different ways which may make him more dynamic and more unsafe as a playmaker.

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