Dynamic New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks is reportedly a trade option for the Tennessee Titans this offseason.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Cooks is the topic of trade discussions and the Tennessee Titans are the most likely option ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles. Our own Will Lomas had previously floated the possibility of a Cooks to Tennessee trade (NFL Mocks had the initial idea), and it appears Jon Robinson read our articles and took our advice.
For those who aren’t aware, Cooks is one of the quickest, most explosive receivers in the NFL. Since 2014, Cooks has 11 touchdown receptions of over 30 yards. Only New York Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr. has more. There is no denying Cooks’ big play ability, and he fits the hole that the Titans have on offense in terms of speed and explosiveness; something I’ve been clamoring for since before the season ended.
He is a bit of a polarizing player, though. He isn’t exactly the No. 1 guy that can carry a passing offense. Michael Thomas was that guy for the Saints last year. His small stature dictates that he won’t ever be that type of receiver, but his massive success as a downfield threat is uncommon in the NFL. Given Mariota’s improvement with his deep ball, Cooks would be an outstanding addition to an offense that sorely lacked speed at the position last year.
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Another question is what his trade value is/will be. The Titans have two first round picks, so they have the ammo, but is Cooks worth a No. 5 or No. 18 overall pick? No. 18 maybe, although Cooks for that pick alone still doesn’t seem quite right from a value perspective. It’s possible that a swap of picks would be in order: either No. 5 for No. 11 or No. 18 for No. 44. That would make much more sense, and not handicap the Titans in terms of top 100 draft picks.
Cooks is only 23 years old and has accumulated 162 catches, 2,311 yards, and 17 touchdowns over his past two seasons. He can also prove to be a dynamic punt returner if the Titans want to use him in that way. It took me a few hours to process the information, but I’m all aboard the Cooks to Tennessee train.