The Saints have now signed five of their six draft picks to contracts already, with fourth-round linebacker Khairi Fortt the only one still unsigned.
Rookies have begun to sign deals much sooner in recent years since the NFL instituted a new rookie wage scale in 2011, with the financial terms of deal essentially slotted into place. Cooks’ deal was expected to be worth around $8.4 million, with a $4.4 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million salary-cap hit.
The Saints wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday. Click here for the early impressions of how well Cooks will fit in NOLA.