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Report Pats Acquire Saints Star Receiver Brandin Cooks

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By Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Patriots coach Bill Belichick continues to blitz the league since the start of the free agent signing period on Thursday afternoon.

Reports say the Pats have acquired Saints star receiver Brandin Cooks in exchange for the team's first round pick and a third round draft choice.  The Pats also get a fourth round pick from New Orleans.

The 23-year old speedster was the Saints 20th pick of the first round in 2014.  He has had back to back seasons of over 1,100 yards receiving.  

In a separate deal, reports say the Pats acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from Carolina for a second round draft pick.

Tight end Martellus Bennett was wearing a Packers hat on twitter and is headed to Green Bay.

Cornerback Logan Ryan is reportedly leaving for the Titans, getting $30 million over three years.  Linebacker Jabaal Sheard has signed with the Colts.

The Pats officially announced they have re-signed DB Duron Harmon and TD Michael Williams.

The team also made the Stephon Gillmore signings official, getting the free agent cornerback from the Bills.

The Pats also made the Dwayne Allen signing official, acquiring the tight end from the Colts for an undisclosed draft choice.

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