The Patriots were already rumored to be among the interested parties as the Saints culled the market for interest in their leading receiver.
Rumors had the Saints asking for either draft picks or a pass-rusher in exchange for Cooks.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Saints head coach Sean Payton wants a lot for his third-year wideout, but the price may have changed to a “quality defensive starter” along with draft picks.
If the trade is consummated, it would mark one of the more notable player-for-player trades in recent memory.
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