Brandin Cooks Says He Didn't Request Trade from Saints Before Patriots Deal

At just 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Cooks is also the latest guy to obliterate the notion that receivers can't make it in the National Football League if they're less than 6 feet tall. Ultimately, the Saints didn't shop Cooks; teams contacted the Saints, and the Saints chose to pursue the possibility.

The New Orleans Saints welcomed cornerback Malcolm Butler to town Wednesday evening as they try to determine what they'd be willing to spend to add him to the defense. So if we can set this straight, I think a lot of that and what was going on got taken out of context and a little exaggerated, and throughout the process I felt like I had to take the blows and keep my mouth shut, which is fine. It just happened to be a great opportunity for both sides to build what they want to build.

"Oh boy, no, I didn't", Cooks said.

"I guess I know how to pick quarterbacks, right?"

After Butler arrived, he went to dinner with some members of the team, according to a source, though it's unclear exactly who dined with the 27-year-old cover man.

"I have nothing but high praise for Drew, he's a workaholic, a guy who pays attention to the game, so detailed, so as a young guy, to be able to have that, take some things off your plate", Cooks said.

Beyond their playbook, the Patriots' culture was appealing to Cooks.

The hooded one has pulled off three trades thus far, drastically changing the landscape of New England's selections in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Butler was rumored to be a piece in the Brandin Cooks trade, but he was ultimately ineligible to be dealt because he hadn't signed his RFA tender (one-year, $3.9 million). "It was a blessing to be able to play with him, and at the same time, he helped me learn about the game more from an overall standpoint".

The Patriots have been wheeling and dealing this offseason, and there's a good chance Bill Belichick isn't done yet.

"I'd never never known about it", Cooks said, "and at the end of the day, I've still got to earn his trust when I come there and play and continue to do what I've been doing".

At 5-10, 189 pounds, Cooks is the kind of smaller, versatile receiver with which Tom Brady and the Patriots offense has thrived for years. He intercepted four passes last season and broke up 17.

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