2. Bill Belichick is Great (And Has Money to Spend)
If you’re an NFL player, how could you not want to play for Belichick? Sure, he can be tough on his guys, but so what? Have you seen his trophy case? Cook has never even played in a Super Bowl. Belichick’s won six.
Belichick gets the most out of his players and his teams. His two decades of sustained success speak for themselves, and as long as you play hard for him and listen to his coaches then you’ll usually be fine.
Playing for the Patriots isn’t all business and stern talk like people seem to think, either. Every year we hear Patriots players talk about how much they love playing for the organization and how they want to re-sign to stay in Foxborough. Players love being here, especially because they know that they can win in New England.
Winning talks in the NFL, and so does money. Belichick has some of that to spend after missing out on DeAndre Hopkins. He also could be motivated to get a deal done to make up for botching the Hopkins situation, especially if it means keeping Cook away from the Jets.
Belichick is all about winning, so we should trust him to win this deal, too. Getting outbid by the Titans is one thing, but losing out to the Jets would be humiliating.