Saints ink rookie Brandin Cooks to four-year deal
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.
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.