Brandin Cooks didn’t request a trade out of New Orleans. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
When Brandin Cooks was rumored in trade talks all last week, the thought was the 23-year-old wanted out of New Orleans.
Speaking on a conference call with the New England media on Wednesday, Cooks set the record straight saying that wasn’t the case and the trade was a matter of a deal working out for both teams.
“Oh boy, no, I didn’t,” Cooks said when asked if he wanted to be traded. “That was a long process. And I guess, if we could set this straight, I think a lot of that and what was going on got taken out of context and a little exaggerated. 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 be able to do what they want to do, and to be sent off to a good team for me.
“I think it’s a win-win situation and like I said, the rumors out there and what’s been going on and what’s been [said], I don’t let it bother me. I’m just here to play football and that’s what it’s all about.”
Cooks also had nothing but good things to say about his time with the Saints.
“Well first of all, once I found out about it, I was thankful for the opportunity to be able to play in New Orleans and the opportunity they gave me there,” Cooks said. “No bad blood. I loved everything about the organization and the people. Things just happen in this life. When I found out about [the trade], I was ecstatic to be able to come play for an organization like New England and to play for a guy like Coach Belichick, Tom [Brady], Mr. [Robert] Kraft and his family. The whole process was a blessing. As soon as I found out, I couldn’t be more thankful throughout this time.”
The receiver likely will line up all over the field with the Patriots and is signed through 2018 (team option).