Brandin Cooks isn’t only thankful for his future with the New England Patriots. He has similar feelings about his now former NFL home.

The Patriots wide receiver used Instagram on Tuesday to share an emotional farewell message to the New Orleans Saints and their fans. In it, Cooks thanked the Saints for giving him the chance to play, and thrive, in the NFL.

The Patriots acquired Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 last week in exchange for their first-round pick (32nd overall) and a third-round selection (103rd overall) in this year’s draft.

Cooks’ farewell Instagram message is much clearer than the cryptic one he shared last Thursday, in which he couched his apparent feelings of betrayal inside song lyrics.

The trade rumors were hitting fever pitch at that moment in time. Things now have settled down, and Cooks is seemingly ready to move on.

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