If Malcolm Butler plays for a team other than the New England Patriots in 2017, an intricate series of events first must transpire no matter how it goes down.

Perhaps further complicating a potential trade between the Patriots and New Orleans Saints is that these two teams already have made a deal this offseason, when New England acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Patriots gave up first- and third-round picks and received Cooks and a fourth-rounder. So, will Butler cost more or less than Cooks?

NESN.com’s Doug Kyed discussed just that with the New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill and MassLive.com’s Kevin Duffy on Monday’s edition of “The Football Word.”

Watch the full episode above.

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