ESPN: Saints Consider Trading Brandin Cooks

ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports that the Saints may be interested in trading receiver Brandin Cooks.

Mortenson says Cooks' name has come up in potential trade talks with the Titans and Eagles.  Any deal could not become official until the new league business year, which starts March 9.

"I wouldn't say he's on the trade block," Coach Sean Payton said Thursday in an interview posted on the Saints' website.

Payton acknowledged that the Saints will listen to interested teams, but "it would have to be something real significant."

"But right now I'm comfortable, we're comfortable, with him in a Saints uniform," Payton said. "And we think the world of him and his skill set. So it would have to be something real significant."

Cooks is entering the fourth year of his five-year rookie contract with a base salary of $1.56 million for 2017. The Saints hold a fifth-year option on him, which would likely be exercised and potentially cost around $8.5 million for 2018. 

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