screen-shot-2017-03-12-at-4-54-36-pmBy Max Cohen 2/11/2017

The Patriots continued their streak of big offseason moves today, trading a first and third round draft pick for Saints’ wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth round pick.

The trade was originally slated to include Patriots  cornerback and Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcom Butler, but swapping the Butler for the Cooks never came to fruition.

Cooks has been stellar for the Saints over his three seasons with the team, totaling almost 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Saints’ offense was the number one passing attack in the league last year thanks in no small part to Cooks’ speed as well as his ability to stretch the field. Both of these assets will be a welcome addition to the Patriots’ offense, who haven’t had a true deep-threat since the days of Randy Moss.

Although the Patriots passing game was effective last year, they didn’t have many options down the field. They ranked 10th in passing plays over 20 yards and 29th in passing plays over 40 yards.

The addition of Cooks could signal a return to a powerhouse offense the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 2007 team. The Patriots can hurt teams out of the backfield with Dion Lewis and James White, in the slot with Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, from the tight end position with Rob Gronkowski and the newly added Dwayne Allen, and now outside with Cooks and the up-and-coming Malcom Mitchell. Needless to all eyes will be on the Patriots’ offense at the start of next season to see if they can live up to the hype.