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Saints ink rookie Brandin Cooks to four-year deal

Brandin Cooks was a consensus All-American and First Team All-Pac 12 at Oregon State. (Elsa/Getty Images) Brandin Cooks was a consensus All-American and First Team All-Pac 12 at Oregon State. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints signed rookie Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State to a four-year contract on Sunday, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Terms were not disclosed, but the rookie is just the third first-round pick to sign a contract, after the No. 5 pick Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders and the No. 14 pick Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears.

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Overall, the Saints have signed five of their six draft picks so far; linebacker Khairi Fortt, taken in the fourth round, remains unsigned. It is believed that Cooks, who was picked 20th overall, signed a deal for somewhere in the ballpark of $8.4 million, with a $4.4 million signing bonus and $1.5 million salary-cap hit, according to the report.

The signing comes on the same day that the team wrapped up their three-day rookie mini camp. The Saints also signed paralyzed safety Devon Walker to an honorary contract this weekend.
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