Patriots to lose fourth-round pick they receive in Cooks deal

Patriots to lose fourth-round pick they receive in Cooks deal

And you thought the deluge of Deflategate-related news -- reduced to a trickle in recent months -- would be dried up by now.

Yeah. About that. 

By agreeing to a trade with the Saints that sent New Orleans the No. 32 overall pick and a third-rounder in exchange for receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-rounder, the Patriots picked up the draft choice that will be wiped out by the league as part of the Deflategate punishment. 

When the league issued its discipline, it was clear that when the Patriots would be docked a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017, the picks taken would be the team's highest picks in those rounds. 

In receiving No. 118 from the Saints in the Cooks deal, that pick becomes their highest fourth-rounder and will be erased by the NFL. The Patriots had two other fourth-round picks headed into the week -- No. 132 (from Seattle) and No. 137. After trading No. 137 in a deal with the Colts to receive tight end Dwayne Allen, the Patriots will have No. 132 restored. 

As Pro Football Talk points out, before the Saints-Patriots trade becomes official, it's possible that the Saints would try to trade down, swap fourth-rounders with another club, and pick up some extra draft capital. So long as the pick sent to the Patriots is between No. 118 and No. 131, New England would not be affected because they'd lose the pick no matter what. 

Below is a quick breakdown of the picks the Patriots own at this point. Of course, things could change. The way the Patriots have operated over the course of the last week serves as a reminder that everything is fluid, especially since they may want to find a way to slide back into the top two rounds of the draft.

THIRD ROUND: No. 72 (from Carolina), No. 96 (compensatory)

FOURTH ROUND: No 132 (from Seattle)

FIFTH ROUND: No. 163, No. 183 (compensatory)

SIXTH ROUND: No. 200 (from Indianapolis)


Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots reportedly have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal confirmed Patterson is in fact on his way to New England.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...


Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.