If the NFL Combine is going on, then the rumor mill around the league is in full swing.
On Thursday, a report by Chris Mortensen of ESPN surfaced that the Tennessee Titans are one of two teams – the Philadelphia Eagles being the other – who are interested in trading for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
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
Cooks, the Saints’ first-round pick in 2014, has one year, plus a team option remaining on his rookie contract. In 2016, Cooks, playing in the Saints high-powered offense, caught 78 passes for 1,173 receiving yards with eight touchdowns.
However, there has been talk that Cooks is unhappy with his role in the Saints offense and might be open to moving on.
Moving on to the Titans offense would give Coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie a speedy receiver with game-breaking potential to add to Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. But the Titans are also still a run-based offense, so if Cooks is looking for even more touches than the 117 targets he had from Drew Breese last season, Tennessee might not be the destination for that.
Mortensen’s report suggested that the Titans might part with the second of the two first-round picks (No. 18 overall) straight up for Cooks, or that Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson might be willing to swap first-round picks with the Saints, giving them No. 5 overall to take Cooks and the 11th pick overall.
Last season, in a swap of fourth-round picks with the Eagles, Robinson landed running back DeMarco Murray.
Robinson said Wednesday in his media session that he was “open for business” regarding moves that could involve trading a draft pick, as he did with the first overall choice in 2016.
Cooks is represented by Rep 1 Sports, which also has Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz among its clients.
Other reports have also linked the Titans as a possible suitor to soon-to-be Chicago Bears free agent Alshon Jeffrey.
The Titans are sure to add help at the wide receiver position, perhaps with both a veteran and a rookie, as they did last year with Matthews and Sharpe.