Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles are in trade talks with the New Orleans Saints on WR Brandin Cooks. Mortensen also says that the Titans are the most likely suitor!
Saints WR Brandin Cooks is the object of trade talks with the Titans and Eagles identified as two interested suitors, per league sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 2, 2017
Titans appear to be most likely suitor over Eagles, per one source, but nothing can be official until March 9, if it happens. @ESPNNFL— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 2, 2017
The Titans need to add speed on the offensive side of the ball, and Cooks would bring exactly that. Cooks had 78 catches for 1,173 yards and 8 touchdowns last year. That was his second straight 1,100 yard season. Of course that comes in the Saints prolific passing offense led by Drew Brees, but he has the ability to take the top off the defense. That is something the Titans desperately need.
With the revelation yesterday that Mike Mulareky is frustrated with the receiver group after going back and watching tape of 2016, it comes as no surprise that they are out there searching all available options.
As Mort mentioned, nothing can become official until March 9th when the new league year starts. Stay tuned.
[UPDATE]- This article from Adam Schefter says the asking price for Cooks is a first round pick. It could be the Titans 18th pick in the first round, or it could involve swapping first round picks with the Saints (they currently have the 11th pick).
I would love it if they could get it done for something less than a first, but if a first has to be involved, I would prefer the scenario where the Titans swap picks.