Patriots likely to have league’s best haul of compensatory picks

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The Patriots pick near the bottom of the draft order every year, but one of the ways they manage to replenish their roster season after season is by acquiring compensatory picks. And this year will be no exception.

Although the NFL has not yet announced the compensatory picks for the 2020 NFL draft, Nick Korte of OverTheCap.com has projected the picks using data from how the NFL has awarded compensatory picks in the past, and the Patriots appear to have the best haul of compensatory picks in the league coming.

The highest compensatory picks are in the third round, and New England is expected to be the only team with two third-round compensatory picks. Those picks, which are being awarded to the Patriots for losing Trey Flowers and Trent Brown in free agency, are likely to be the 97th and 99th overall picks in the draft. The Patriots are also expected to get two sixth-round compensatory picks, for losing Malcom Brown and Cordarrelle Patterson.

The other teams expected to get third-round compensatory picks are the Giants, Seahawks, Texans, Steelers and Eagles. The Eagles are also expected to get two fourth-round compensatory picks, as are the Ravens. The Rams, Vikings, Buccaneers, Eagles, Washington, Dolphins, Seahawks and Bears are all expected to get one fourth-round pick.

Seeing the Patriots at the top of the compensatory pick board, along with the Ravens, Seahawks and Eagles, is a reminder of how often compensatory picks help the rich get richer. Although the initial idea behind compensatory picks was to help the weaker teams that get their top players signed away in free agency, it hasn’t really worked out that way. What has actually happened is the smartest, most forward-thinking teams, the teams with stability and a long-term plan in their front offices, have consistently acquired the most compensatory picks. The 2020 draft will be no different.

81 responses to “Patriots likely to have league’s best haul of compensatory picks

  1. Winning and cap management never sleeps for the Patriots. Some teams are satisfied with right blank checks and mortgaging their teams future and positional depth.

  2. There are different ways to look at this… the Patriot’s get more out of their players, and their players are on display every year in the playoffs, so they are targeted more in the FA. The same could be said of the Patriots coaches, but they don’t get compensated for that.

    Are the Patriots “playing Chess, when everyone else is playing checkers”? Yes. But, they also have to draft very late in the 1st round. So, they have to nail their other picks. They don’t get a shot at the guaranteed studs in the top10…

    The Patriots also benefit from not having a fool owner medaling in their drafts…

    Are we really going to blame the Patriots for not being incompetent?

  3. Easy solution. Season and post season successes calculate into the equation. Playoff teams cannot receive multiple 3rd round picks;Division champs cannot receive 3rd round picks; 1st and 2nd seeds cannot receive multiple 4th round picks; conference champs cannot receive 4th round picks; Super Bowl Champs cannot receive any picks.

  4. Ryan Pace can’t draft anyone with talent so it doesn’t even matter for the Bears. worst GM and ownership in the NFC.

  5. Time to RELOAD. Bill playing some chess. Expect huge youth movement coming to Foxborough.

  6. What has actually happened is the smartest, most forward-thinking teams, the teams with stability and a long-term plan in their front offices, have consistently acquired the most compensatory picks…as it should be.

  7. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Patterson? He had 11 catches this year and 21 last year? So how will the Patriots get a 6th for that? I know they get special treatment but come on.
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    It’s based on salary not # of catches you dunce.

  8. southjerseybucsfan says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:18 am
    Easy solution. Season and post season successes calculate into the equation. Playoff teams cannot receive multiple 3rd round picks;Division champs cannot receive 3rd round picks; 1st and 2nd seeds cannot receive multiple 4th round picks; conference champs cannot receive 4th round picks; Super Bowl Champs cannot receive any picks.

    ***************************************************************************************

    So, lets punish teams for being successful ?

  9. Kinda unfair how the Ravens are going to get dinged for Mosley getting hurt. He signed a mega deal with the Jets but hardly saw the field so hes only worth a 6th or 5th round comp pick now, even though he will be a good (but overpaid) player for them in the future? Not right.

  10. Max Kellerman, Colin Cowherd and other blowhards have said in recent weeks that the Patriots’ dynasty will be over soon, given the “deteriorating” play of Tom Brady, which is pig dung in its own right. Yes, Brady/Belichick will be over soon, whatever “soon” is, but what if Jarrett Stidham is a star-in-waiting? Belichick’s brilliant managing of the team as the de facto g.m. — the GOAT g.m., by the way — will continue. So why can’t the Stidham/Belichick partnership perpetuate the Patriot dynasty for another 10 or 15 years? Does anyone seriously believe that after Brady hangs ’em up that the Patriots will be 3-13 the next year? Belichick, the genius, will be there. A steep Patriot decline after Brady retires or goes elsewhere is pure fantasy.

  11. The Eagles need to get younger and need to hit on these picks. I’m glad they have them but they need to hit on them.

    The team is getting old.

  12. I’m ready for the Stidham era.

    I don’t think too many are worried about the Patriots replacing star players w/ 3rd and 6th round rookies. No, I don’t see the Pats slipping to 3-13 immediately – but I could definitely see 8-8, in a much more competitive division than they have had to deal with in many years.

    Will the dynasty end tonight? Here’s hoping.

  13. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:04 am
    Patterson? He had 11 catches this year and 21 last year? So how will the Patriots get a 6th for that? I know they get special treatment but come on.
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    Huh? This something calculated not decided. If you think their math is wrong you or anyone can get the data and go through it themselves to check.

  14. Leman Russ says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:28 am
    Kinda unfair how the Ravens are going to get dinged for Mosley getting hurt. He signed a mega deal with the Jets but hardly saw the field so hes only worth a 6th or 5th round comp pick now, even though he will be a good (but overpaid) player for them in the future? Not right.
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    I would call that a bummer more than an unfairness. Its just a part of sports that you have to live with how the cookie crumbles. And injuries are just one of those unforeseeable things that are part of the landscape. Losing out and being wronged are two different things.

  15. When you are annually picking in the later rounds of the draft, you have to come up with a plan that stocks your team with as many picks as you can muster. Pats were ahead of the game for a long time in this regard. Survival and sustainability, while not getting cream of the crop draft picks. Pretty remarkable really.

  16. Leman Russ says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:28 am
    Kinda unfair how the Ravens are going to get dinged for Mosley getting hurt.
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    Hopefully the Ravens get dinged for something else if they fail to give us a satisfactory explanation why Bluetooth Guy was standing at Harbaugh’s ear. Something I gave never seen any security do anywhere else on any sideline.

    #NoRespectForCheaters

  17. Question:
    Teams are limited to a maximum of 12 picks in the draft. Do comp picks count against that, or, are they in addition to that limit?

  18. I have no idea if Stidham is a starting quarterback for sure. However BB has kept Cody Kessler on the team for some reason. This is what he did with Brady 20 years although he was the 4th quarterback.

    It’s possible he thinks Kessler in the right system could be it.

    Brady is not-and never has been-a physical marvel. He is however very smart with a good but not great arm.

    Coaching a quarterback up to math Brady’s physical ability would not be the issue. Brains might be so.

  19. The Pats have done a pretty remarkable job having to draft near the end of every round (unless they made trades to allow them to move up) for almost 20 years & maintain such a competitive team year after year…. it’s truly amazing…. just imagine how much better they could have been had the league not STOLEN 2 additional 1st round picks & a 4th rounder from them during that time frame…..WOW!!!

  20. I’m surprised this article didn’t mention the fact that up until the past couple of drafts, teams were not allowed to trade compensatory picks, and now they can. This makes the extra picks even more valuable, especially for good teams picking late in rounds who can now target players and move up to draft them.

    Don’t change the system just because some of the organizations can’t figure out how to capitalize on it. If you’re switching coaching staffs and front offices every 2-3 years and don’t have the resilience or patience to stick to a plan, you don’t deserve to get better.

  21. The Patriots and the better teams get raided every year due to free agency and the lesser teams having cap room to pay the big salaries. I’m sure the better teams would prefer to keep players such as Trent Brown, but at least they get something out of losing them.

    Pat’s will let Brady walk and receive an end of the 3rd rounder, what would you prefer to have?

  22. GoodellMustGo,
    Look at your own team. Patriots have several instances of cheating, not to mention all the weird happenings with the playclock and radios in Foxborough…

  23. compensatory picks are a reward for not signing free agents…im surprised the NFLPA has allowed it to get to this level…

  24. Leman Russ says:
    January 4, 2020 at 11:08 am
    GoodellMustGo,
    Look at your own team. Patriots have several instances of cheating, not to mention all the weird happenings with the playclock and radios in Foxborough…

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    Why are you talking about other teams? That doesn’t change the fact Bluetooth Guy was standing at the ear of Harbaugh and nobody seems to be able to explain why?

    Stop justifying cheating,

  25. dangguy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:25 am

    So, lets punish teams for being successful ?
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    ??? sMaybe watch and learn a bit about the NFL? Drafting has been regressive for year- intentionally to help bad teams become good. The Pats have been the most successful team of the last twenty years- imagine what they would be like if they were rewarded for being good and constantly having the #1 pick all of these years.

    The reasons for the emergence of teams like the Bills or 49’s is because they were bad for a lot of years and got high picks, which makes for a cheap roster enabling you to sign free agents. As they get better it will remain to be seen whether they can sustain when they have to sign those current cheap players and are picking low in the Draft. That ability has been the real Genius behind the Pats dominance

  26. I am not a Patriot guy however they have been successful all these years because they have done a great job of cap management and have depth because they have been able to build the team with the drafting of picks after round three. They let veterans walk after they deem then not dollar worthy rather than overpay. Hats off to them.

  27. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:04 am
    Patterson? He had 11 catches this year and 21 last year? So how will the Patriots get a 6th for that? I know they get special treatment but come on.
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    Patterson was 1st team all pro special teams as a kick returner…

  28. I am surprised the toolbag, whiny Millennials and their entitled parents haven’t coined this “cheating”.

    BB is simply the greatest GM in sports history, 2-3 steps ahead.

    The other teams are doing their best to copy him.

  29. …using data from how the NFL has awarded compensatory picks in the past… and the Patriots appear to have…had the most players signed away for the most money and those players have played the most time for their new teams-again.

  30. billsrthefuture says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:39 am
    I’m ready for the Stidham era.

    I don’t think too many are worried about the Patriots replacing star players w/ 3rd and 6th round rookies. No, I don’t see the Pats slipping to 3-13 immediately – but I could definitely see 8-8, in a much more competitive division than they have had to deal with in many years.

    Will the dynasty end tonight? Here’s hoping

    Can we stop with the “dynasty over” crap.

    Win or lose tonight or next week or the week after , nothing ends.

    Do you think they are just going to all of a sudden suck next season.
    You don’t think they all more pieces on offense next year?
    Brady will I’ll be back next year they will get him a real TE and 1 more wr
    We saw vs Buffalo he’s still very effective When the O line holds up.

  31. kissbillsrings says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:18 am
    The Pats have done a pretty remarkable job having to draft near the end of every round (unless they made trades to allow them to move up) for almost 20 years & maintain such a competitive team year after year…. it’s truly amazing…. just imagine how much better they could have been had the league not STOLEN 2 additional 1st round picks & a 4th rounder from them during that time frame…..WOW!!!

    27 8 Rate This

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    That is why Framegate I and II exist. Both are completely manufactured occurrences in terms of what the claim was.

    Goodell had to make it sound sinister with the lies he presented so people wouldn’t get suspicious.

    People know BB loves to keep costs down with this kind of an approach and these same jealous people know hisnl coaching is so good, it will work.

    Look at how many late rd or udfas make the team and are really good.

    This drives the cheating teams insane to the point they keep trying for opps to try to get Goodell to frame them.

    This is why the recent attempt had the nfl “frustrated” that there was no ammo there to try to frame them.

    Lastly, one other key piece is the fact these picks are now tradeable.

  32. How about getting some TEs?
    Going through an entire season without a single, serviceable TE was stupid.
    No disrespect to Watson. . . I’m a big fan. . . but I think he’s done.
    The other two. . . Izzo and Lacosse. . . are they still alive?
    Absolute junk.
    Ditch Sanu while we’re at it. We can probably find someone to fair-catch punts for much less money. Hands of stone.

    And I know that this is sacrilege, taboo territory, but Brady needs to quit moping. I don’t care if he’s frustrated. . . his body language is like freaking Jay Cutler’s these days. Where is our fired-up, fearless leader?

  33. Some folks are confused on how the NFL awards compensatory draft choices. The NFL Management Council states the following:

    * Compensatory Free Agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

    * A team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

    * The compensatory picks will be positioned within the 3rd through 7th rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

    * Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than 4 compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than 4 compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

  34. “Can we stop with the “dynasty over” crap.
    Win or lose tonight or next week or the week after , nothing ends.
    Do you think they are just going to all of a sudden suck next season.
    You don’t think they all more pieces on offense next year?
    Brady will I’ll be back next year they will get him a real TE and 1 more wr
    We saw vs Buffalo he’s still very effective When the O line holds up.”

    Even Pats fans are saying that. They are losing more good players than they will gain, and Brady’s future w/ NE is very uncertain at best. Coaches are leaving. Cap space is the worst in the AFCE.

    And speaking of the AFCE, it’s finally a competitive division, top to bottom. Flores is legit, as is Darnold, and the Bills are only going to get better.

    I’d be surprised if the Pats stay at the level they have been. They’re a worse team this year than last, and that team was worse than the year before. I think a lengthy rebuild is far more likely than another division title.

  35. Even Pats fans are saying that. They are losing more good players than they will gain, and Brady’s future w/ NE is very uncertain at best. Coaches are leaving. Cap space is the worst in the AFCE.

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    Dumb, naive or gullible fans who listen to Felger and Mazz everyday believe that rhetoric.

    If Brady decides to retire, 22 mil comes off the books and Stidham will immediately be better than Josh Allen.

    lmao

    NE is so well developed that they have a whole other defense that could be starting and those guys can’t even get on the field.

    Enjoy!

  36. Wonder if they will lose one of those 3rd picks as punishment for their video tape cheating once again?

  37. billsrthefuture says:
    January 4, 2020 at 11:56 am
    “Can we stop with the “dynasty over” crap.
    Win or lose tonight or next week or the week after , nothing ends.
    Do you think they are just going to all of a sudden suck next season.
    You don’t think they all more pieces on offense next year?
    Brady will I’ll be back next year they will get him a real TE and 1 more wr
    We saw vs Buffalo he’s still very effective When the O line holds up.”

    Even Pats fans are saying that. They are losing more good players than they will gain, and Brady’s future w/ NE is very uncertain at best. Coaches are leaving. Cap space is the worst in the AFCE.

    And speaking of the AFCE, it’s finally a competitive division, top to bottom. Flores is legit, as is Darnold, and the Bills are only going to get better.

    I’d be surprised if the Pats stay at the level they have been. They’re a worse team this year than last, and that team was worse than the year before. I think a lengthy rebuild is far more likely than another division title.
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    Even if the Pats lose tonight – saying “it’s over” is premature. Following it up with a non playoff season and then the fat lady can start warming up but even then it’s not certain. The Patriots were hammered hard by injury this year and those players will be back. The whole AFCE has a tough schedule next year as they are paired with the AFCW and NFCW in 2020. It’s also not unheard of in this league to quickly retool and contend after a so called “down” year.

  38. billsrthefuture says:
    January 4, 2020 at 11:56 am
    “Can we stop with the “dynasty over” crap.
    Win or lose tonight or next week or the week after , nothing ends.
    Do you think they are just going to all of a sudden suck next season.
    You don’t think they all more pieces on offense next year?
    Brady will I’ll be back next year they will get him a real TE and 1 more wr
    We saw vs Buffalo he’s still very effective When the O line holds up.”
    Even Pats fans are saying that. They are losing more good players than they will gain, and Brady’s future w/ NE is very uncertain at best. Coaches are leaving. Cap space is the worst in the AFCE.
    And speaking of the AFCE, it’s finally a competitive division, top to bottom. Flores is legit, as is Darnold, and the Bills are only going to get better.
    I’d be surprised if the Pats stay at the level they have been. They’re a worse team this year than last, and that team was worse than the year before. I think a lengthy rebuild is far more likely than another division title.
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    Two times in last 20 years the Patriots played multiple games without Brady. 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. A guy who never started a game in college. Let that sink in. They tied division winners won/loss record, lost on tie breaker. Since then name another 11-5 team not to make the playoffs. 3-1 with untested Jimmy G and Jacoby Brissette at QB. Will the period of unmatched success end soon? There aren’t many teams where 12-4 is considered a down year. As long as the Kraft’s own the team and Belichick is around good luck AFCE.

  39. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:04 am
    Patterson? He had 11 catches this year and 21 last year? So how will the Patriots get a 6th for that? I know they get special treatment but come on.

    You must have missed the fact that he’s an all pro first teamer this year.

  40. Pats fan for 35 years…Belichick blows the draft left and right (mystifyingly passed on metcalf, andrews, samuel this year). Brady and a few 10 year old picks (hightower, mccourty, chung) have bailed him out time and time again. Should have 10 titles.

  41. Hopefully, they find a Brady 2. Gonna miss rooting for the Pars to lose when they have great teams. Give them 4 years to rebuild.

  42. carloswlassiter says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:22 am
    patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 4, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Patterson? He had 11 catches this year and 21 last year? So how will the Patriots get a 6th for that? I know they get special treatment but come on.
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    It’s based on salary not # of catches you dunce
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    Ok 5 million a year is good enough to earn a comp pick? Don’t think so.

  43. whineconniseur says:
    January 4, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Pats fan for 35 years…Belichick blows the draft left and right (mystifyingly passed on metcalf, andrews, samuel this year). Brady and a few 10 year old picks (hightower, mccourty, chung) have bailed him out time and time again. Should have 10 titles.

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    Yet Tannehill lights it up with AJ Brown in less than 16 games played.

    You want mystifying? That’s it.

    Brady would be nothing without BB. The D carried them all last year right through to the sb.

    And now…….Who is bailing out who? The offense won 1 game this year..the opener. That’s it. The D and STs won all of the other games. Brady has sucked most of the year with the best RB group in the conference and a good set of WRs with Brady’s own choice of Sanu acquired just for him.

    BB has bent over backwards providing him HOF weaponry since 2007.

    Brady owes his entire career to BB the GM and Coach. The rest of the league, save for maybe 5-7 franchises, are complete morons with teambuilding.

    He’d be mediocre or maybe good if he had been drafted anywhere else
    and maybe wouldn’t have even been given a real shot out of college.

    BB groomed, coached and developed Brady by surrounding him with smart, tough, versatile and selfless teammates.

    Period.

  44. nite2al says:
    January 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm
    Hopefully, they find a Brady 2. Gonna miss rooting for the Pars to lose when they have great teams. Give them 4 years to rebuild.

    0 1

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    Delusional. Won’t need 4. Never have, never will with BB as GM and Coach.

  45. When you have the greatest QB of all time, everything you touch turns to gold. You don’t need 52 other players to cover up for the QB. The QB helps cover up for the other 52. Remember when Peyton Manning got hurt and the Colts went 2-14? They weren’t tanking. Peyton covered up a lot of doo-doo. Remember how the Broncos and John Elway looked smart when they got Peyton? Not so smart since he’s been gone. So, while Belichick is a genius, most coaches throughout NFL history that had the best QB looked like geniuses too. Belichick’s QB has just hung around longer than most, and a lot of that is due to the new rules that don’t allow anyone to touch the QB, and I don’t know to what extent cheating has contributed to all the winning.

  46. “Pats fan for 35 years…Belichick blows the draft left and right (mystifyingly passed on metcalf, andrews, samuel this year). Brady and a few 10 year old picks (hightower, mccourty, chung) have bailed him out time and time again. Should have 10 titles.”

    BB is the best coach ever by a mile. BB the coach bails out BB the GM more often than not.

    I don’t think he’s a bad GM, but he’s average at best. He’s such a good coach that he could turn most rosters in the league into contenders w/ Brady (or someone very good) at QB.

  47. Two times in last 20 years the Patriots played multiple games without Brady. 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. A guy who never started a game in college. Let that sink in. They tied division winners won/loss record, lost on tie breaker. Since then name another 11-5 team not to make the playoffs. 3-1 with untested Jimmy G and Jacoby Brissette at QB. Will the period of unmatched success end soon? There aren’t many teams where 12-4 is considered a down year. As long as the Kraft’s own the team and Belichick is around good luck AFCE.

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    Nailed it.

    If Brady retires, and Stidham is deemed the guy, they go 10-6 minimum and win the division.

    They have had some solid drafts lately, have some key resigns to consider and can add another layer of young players with a lot of
    draft collateral.

  48. This proves the smart teams who DID NOT pay the big contracts to players are the real winners.
    The players’ union needs to hire a smarter leader.

  49. “Even if the Pats lose tonight – saying “it’s over” is premature. Following it up with a non playoff season and then the fat lady can start warming up but even then it’s not certain. The Patriots were hammered hard by injury this year and those players will be back. The whole AFCE has a tough schedule next year as they are paired with the AFCW and NFCW in 2020. It’s also not unheard of in this league to quickly retool and contend after a so called “down” year.”

    Probably true – it’s silly to ever count out BB.

    But dynasties don’t last forever, and there are good reasons for that. The Pats have had an exceptionally long one, and have played the equivalent of 3-4 extra seasons with all of the playoff time they’ve put in.

    It just feels like a last hurrah this year – particularly w/ the other AFCE teams starting to catch up. But we’ll see what happens. I’ve been wrong about that team a lot.

  50. This is what I love most about the Pats. They are just smarter, period. I treat football as an intellectual game so I don’t have a team to root for but I always admire smarter teams, a form of “revenge of the nerds” type of thing. The Pats provided me almost two decades of great entertainment. I look forward to the post-Brady era to see what BB can do in the the next phase of the organization.

  51. billsrthefuture says:
    January 4, 2020 at 9:39 am
    I’m ready for the Stidham era.

    I don’t think too many are worried about the Patriots replacing star players w/ 3rd and 6th round rookies. No, I don’t see the Pats slipping to 3-13 immediately – but I could definitely see 8-8, in a much more competitive division than they have had to deal with in many years.

    Will the dynasty end tonight? Here’s hoping.

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    You are a perfect example as to why your team can
    never do anything. You limp into a postseason game on the road, and you’re wishing and hoping another team’s dynasty ends.

    Focus on your own team’s attempt on improving and how your team can improve, not worrying about what the Pats do or are not doing.

    This is what you bozos don’t get. The obsession and jealousy actually hurts your team.

  52. directdriver says:
    January 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    This is what I love most about the Pats. They are just smarter, period. I treat football as an intellectual game so I don’t have a team to root for but I always admire smarter teams, a form of “revenge of the nerds” type of thing. The Pats provided me almost two decades of great entertainment. I look forward to the post-Brady era to see what BB can do in the the next phase of the organization.

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    Even when BB leaves, they will hire a GM and Coach who believe in the BB teambuilding concepts. They will understand market trends, economics, while incorporating the people that showcase the skill sets/traits I listed above.

    Who knows who well it works not having BB there anymore, but considering how many teams blow these things off not even attempting to bring in players that have these skills/traits, the Krafts will still see these key concepts as vital and advantages in the cap era.

  53. So they lost two really good players and will get two late 3rd round picks but gave up a 2nd for a mediocre player because they were desperate. That doesn’t seem very smart to me.

  54. billsrthefuture says:
    January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    “Pats fan for 35 years…Belichick blows the draft left and right (mystifyingly passed on metcalf, andrews, samuel this year). Brady and a few 10 year old picks (hightower, mccourty, chung) have bailed him out time and time again. Should have 10 titles.”

    BB is the best coach ever by a mile. BB the coach bails out BB the GM more often than not.

    I don’t think he’s a bad GM, but he’s average at best. He’s such a good coach that he could turn most rosters in the league into contenders w/ Brady (or someone very good) at QB.

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    How is the greatest GM ever “average”?

    This is the salary cap era. No way they would have 6 rings if he was average. And, Brady choked down sb 42 and sb 46 barely scoring any points to lose in an offensive era.

    His moves are clearly way, way above your pay grade.

  55. question why does Baltimore not get a high compensatory for zadarious smith who has an avg of 16.500.00 mil or Washington for Preston smith who has an avg of 13,000.00 mil is it because baltimore signed earl thomas and washington signed landon collins ?

  56. weird happenings with the playclock and radios in Foxborough…

    Can we just get this out of the way once and for all…The NFL CONTROLS the clock and the Communications gear in ALL stadiums, not just Gillette.
    You can even look it up…!

  57. As I’ve become more of a casual than a die hard NFL fan I spend less time watching and reading about the NFL. But one thing that I still enjoy is reading the comments of Patriot related articles. That’s more entertaining than the games itself.

  58. “You are a perfect example as to why your team can
    never do anything. You limp into a postseason game on the road, and you’re wishing and hoping another team’s dynasty ends.
    Focus on your own team’s attempt on improving and how your team can improve, not worrying about what the Pats do or are not doing.
    This is what you bozos don’t get. The obsession and jealousy actually hurts your team.”

    LOL

    Absolutely nothing that I do or think affects the team I root for. That’s ludicrous.

  59. Whether they cheat or not, you gotta hand it to the Pats as far as letting overpriced free agents go and getting comp picks, and managing the salary cap probably better than anyone else. It is obvious why Brady and others take pay cuts or whatever to get the cap on an even keel–since they win all the time, they make extra money in playoffs. And methinks BFlo and Grier in Miami might be using the same tactics, but will the complete rebuild work? Because complete rebuilds are what teams are afraid to do, but need to do if things just aren’t working out.

  60. Will there be calls to investigate the Patriots for cheating based on the number of their picks?

  61. tylawspick6 says:

    January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Two times in last 20 years the Patriots played multiple games without Brady. 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. A guy who never started a game in college. Let that sink in. They tied division winners won/loss record, lost on tie breaker. Since then name another 11-5 team not to make the playoffs. 3-1 with untested Jimmy G and Jacoby Brissette at QB. Will the period of unmatched success end soon? There aren’t many teams where 12-4 is considered a down year. As long as the Kraft’s own the team and Belichick is around good luck AFCE.

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    Nailed it.

    If Brady retires, and Stidham is deemed the guy, they go 10-6 minimum and win the division.

    They have had some solid drafts lately, have some key resigns to consider and can add another layer of young players with a lot of

    Solid draft picks what! 2017 draft all garbage 2018 draft they have only 4 players after drafting 9 and 2019 draft your top three picks haven’t done much.

  62. Did Belichick purposely implement a generic defensive game plan against the Dolphins and then retard the ability of the offense by not calling time outs at the end of the first half? Might he have been forcing Brady and McDaniels to win the game? Was he making a point?

    This matchup with the Titans hits all the “bad” buttons.

    – Coach with knowledge of the Patriots System
    – Ex-D Coordinator Dean Peas who was fired by the Patriots who has had success vs the Patriots when with the Ravens
    – Very good running team with Derrick Henry
    – Hot QB
    – Good TE and Receiver(s)
    – Tough physical football team
    – Winter Storm “Henry” blowing into town.
    – Two ex-Patriots Db’s on the Titans who know Brady
    – Ex Patriots Rb Dion Lewis who played well against them in Nashville last year.
    – Former Director of College Scouting for Titans with Patriots roots.

    On a positive note for the Patriots, Tannehill has never played well in Foxboro and it is his first ever playoff game, but considering how the Patriots have played the last month and a half, it might be a wash.

    Even in a win, what will be left in the tank for a trip to KC next week?

    For these reasons, the Patriots will win, and it will ignite a 4 game winning streak where they add “Wild Card Super Bowl Winner” to their history. 🙂

    Go You New England Patriots!

  63. I can’t believe that people are talking as if the Patriots not winning a Super Bowl this year means the end of the dynasty. They won it all last year and they are in the playoffs again.

    The Patriots have won 3 Super Bowls in the last 5 years. They have been in the Super Bowl for the last 3 years, winning 2 of them.

    If the Patriots are one and done this year, it is not the end of the dynasty. Not even close. No other team has had even half of their success over the last 20 years.

  64. “THE rICH GET rICHER” ARGUMENT IS RIDICULOUS. LOOK AT THE TALENT WHICH THESE TEAMS HAD TO DEPART WITH IN ORDER TO GET 3RD ROUND PICKS!

  65. Why do people think the Patriots are going to fall off the map. You’ve been telling us fans for years that Brady is nothing but a system quarterback. Well, the system ain’t going nowhere!

  66. It just feels like a last hurrah this year – particularly w/ the other AFCE teams starting to catch up. But we’ll see what happens. I’ve been wrong about that team a lot.

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    It could be. The off-season whenever it starts for the Patriots will be as fascinating as any I’ve seen with this team in years.

    Good luck to the Bills. Who knows- maybe we will see you in Foxboro in a couple weeks. 🙂

  67. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 4, 2020 at 5:05 pm
    Patriots need a few cameramen and a ball deflator.

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    Nah just a guy with a Bluetooth receiver in his ear pretending his day job is security while telling the other teams plays to the coach while he stands right behind him, 🙂

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