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Report: Saints trade Brandin Cooks

NEW ORLEANS – NFL media insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Saints have traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

The Saints will give up Cooks and a fourth-round pick for the Patriots’ first- and third-round picks.

Cooks was a Saints first-round pick in 2014.

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks #10 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring on a 45 yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the secodn quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rumors started flying about Cooks’ possible trade last week, and Saints Head Coach Sean Payton didn’t deny them.

Cooks had 17 touchdown receptions the past two seasons. But in a late November win over the Los Angeles Rams, Cooks was not targeted on one pass and expressed his displeasure.