New England acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints for a package that includes the team's first-round pick (No. 32) in the upcoming draft. The Patriots have a five-year option worth 8.5 million dollars in 2018.
The Cooks trade doesn't necessarily close the door on the Saints continuing their pursuit of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX with his last second goal-line interception that preserved a 28-24 victory against the Seahawks.
Really, this trade was nearly a carbon copy of the shocking Graham deal to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago - right down to hints of discontent between player and team (this time over Cooks' role in the offense and perhaps the trade talks themselves).
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Bronson Koenig is leading the team with 14.2 points per game while Ethan Happ is adding 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. The Wolverines withstood the Gophers rally, but still needed to figure out what they wanted to do offensively with Wagner out.
Cooks has had at least 78 receptions, eight touchdowns and 1,100 yards receiving each of the last two seasons. According to ESPN, Cooks scored 17 touchdowns over the past two years and had two of the four longest receptions in the National Football League last year (98 yards and 87 yards). He's a rare receiver that threatens all levels of the defense, a deep threat as well as a underneath threat. Defending their Lombardi Trophy seems like a very real possibility, especially with an explosive weapon like Cooks for Tom Brady to utilize. And Cooks adds another versatile receiver to a group that already can align anywhere on the field. Julian Edelman is coming off a great season, catching 98 passes with 1,106 receiving yards.
Unheralded linebacker Craig Robinson played well in the middle last season and now it appears the newly-acquired Klein will be the man in the middle this season.
He will be the sixth youngest player on the Patriots roster, two months younger than Malcolm Mitchell. If they can get something done beyond that, even better.
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Klopp is aware many remain suspicious his side's capacity to produce their best form in a less high profile fixture. We don't concentrate only on set-pieces, counter-pressing - it is an all-around challenge.
For now, the Patriots are dominating the market, and they are gathering all the pieces to continue their dynasty in the NFL.
Also add the fact that the Patriots will have tight end Rob Gronkowski back, the offense has the potential to be unstoppable.
Knowing what we've seen in the past, the Patriots are likely far from done considering the fact they're still sitting with almost $50 million in cap space just one week into free agency. Dont'a Hightower has yet to re-sign, but things still look promising there.
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His family are believed to have been hidden with the help of a humanitarian group. Before his death, Kim Jong-nam was living in Macau, China.