Patriots 4/1 to win Super Bowl LII after acquiring Brandin Cooks 3/12/17

It's more sensible that the Patriots and Saints work out a deal that involves the same 32nd overall pick that New England just sent New Orleans for Cooks.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Saints and Patriots still could consider a trade later on for Butler. New England has signed him to a first round tender to try to protect him. Perhaps the Saints would give up a little bit more, or perhaps the Patriots would package Butler with picks to soften the blow for New Orleans. Would New England be willing to go lower than the first round when waging the reality that Butler would likely be gone a year from now, and a compensatory pick would be all that's left?

After all, it was his interception on a shocking Russell Wilson pass attempt that sealed New England's victory in Super Bowl XLIX. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has also reported that Butler's agent has been contacting teams to see if anyone is interested in acquiring the cornerback.

"As great as today is, in all honesty, we're five weeks behind 30 teams in the league in preparing for the 2017 season", he said the morning after the game at Tom Brady's Super Bowl MVP news conference at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. But Butler just happens to play on the side of the ball that's in more desperate need of fix in New Orleans. The Patriots and Saints practice together during training camp in 2016 and matched up against one another during the preseason.

March 2017: Acquired Brandin Cooks and fourth-round pick from New Orleans in exchange for first-round pick and third-round pick. While on the other hand, Saints will have a first-round pick and a chance to strengthen their defense.

The departure of Cooks became a foregone conclusion once the Saints signed speedy receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Now, the Patriots might have an even better one with Butler and Gilmore. If he signs, his agent would no longer be allowed to negotiate with teams and his salary for the season would be significantly lower than his asking price.

This has obviously upset Butler, who has yet to receive the payday that he deserves and desires.

I don't think the odds are good that Butler ends up with the Texans. New England received the 114th pick back from New Orleans, but because of the Deflategate penalty, the Patriots will be given the last pick in the 4th Round and the New Orleans pick will be taken away.