In need of some wide receiver help this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to almost every available free agent receiver and every top receiver in this years draft class. It truly is a dire situation, but not one you should mortgage the farm over. With the Saints likely to trade Brandin Cooks this offseason, New Orleans just priced themselves right out of the Eagles price range.
Rejecting a trade offer from the New England Patriots that involved New England’s first round pick because the pick was too low shows just how highly New Orleans values it’s top wide receiver. Looking into his stats, you can see exactly why the Saints have put such a high price on the head of their young star in the making.
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Recording 78 receptions this past season, Cooks had 1,173 yards receiving for the pass heavy Saints last season while also adding eight touchdowns. It was his second season in a row in which he recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving, showing that he is not just a one-year wonder. Add into the equation that he is only 23-years old and you have a star in the making with Cooks.
That said, the reason Cooks — a player with such great numbers — is now on the trading block is because of his want for stardom. Rumored to be frustrated with his playing time, Cooks is already beginning to have some “twitter feuds” with current Saints players. By the end of this, the split between the team and Cooks could be “unfriendly” in nature.
Another area of concern for myself is the pass heavy nature of the New Orleans offense. Considering that he is already complaining about his targets in the Saints offense shows that he wants the ball, a lot. Having a player like that is not good for team morale, something the Eagles need to build if they want to be a playoff team next season.
The other factor that makes a trade for Cooks bad news for the Eagles is the price on his head. Again, he has great numbers, but they came from a pass heavy offense that had Drew Brees as the gunslinger. Going to somewhere like Philly should see Cooks have a drop in overall production.
With a first round draft pick being high as it is for his production, any loss from Cooks would see such a trade become ludicrous. Needing a wide receiver, the Philadelphia Eagles must be smart in their moves this offseason. The smartest move they could make at this moment though is to not trade for Brandin Cooks.