Bill Belichick on spending in free agency: “It averages out”

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The Patriots typically don’t spend a bunch of money in free agency. This year, they uncharacteristically did.

Meeting with reporters on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick was asked whether the spending spree reflects an indication that they didn’t surround Cam Newton with enough talent in 2020.

“Well again, the process this offseason was to, as it always is, to try to improve the team and do everything we can to make ourselves as competitive as we can this year, which is what we try to do every year,” Belichick said. “We had several years in free agency where we were one of the least cash spending teams in the league and then this year that changed and balanced it off. That’s really what you have in the NFL — teams that don’t spend then spend and teams spend and then there are years when they don’t spend. It averages out over a period of time and that’s part of the averaging process came this year. But ultimately, we’re trying to do what we can to improve the team like we do every year and that’s what we’re going to continue to do as we work through the draft process and other team-building opportunities that may or may not come along during the season but I’m sure there will be others somewhere along the line. We will evaluate those when they present themselves.”

He’s right about the averaging process, but the Patriots have never been on the side of writing big checks for veteran players. This year, a lack of talent combined with a huge amount of cap space to allow the Patriots and Belichick to make a move or two or eight or nine.

Whether it works remains one of the most interesting questions of the 2021 NFL season. With the book closed on the team that won six Super Bowls from 2001 through 2018, can they get back there without Tom Brady at quarterback? We’ll find out starting this year, when the opponents include among others Brady’s Buccaneers.

19 responses to “Bill Belichick on spending in free agency: “It averages out”

  1. When you master the market and you get a bonus with the pandemic, it’s going to do a lot more than average out. All the other cheap owners are waiting on their 300 million dollar tv deal bank deposits next year. Advantage BB.

    The teams will then be bidding against one another with a bloated cap ceiling.

    Genius.

    BB always likes to get the money on the books and go from there, but usually it’s been with in-house players.

    Watch the jealousy build as the dust clears.

  2. I’ve been a Patriots fan since they drafted Drew Bledsoe, since I was a fan of his in college, but after all of this time, I’m also a fan of Tom Brady. My feeling is that the Bucs are gonna trash em when they play this season. I just hope it’s a good game.

  3. The Patriots typically don’t spend a bunch of money in free agency. This year, they uncharacteristically did.

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    Yeah, because they finally had a bunch of money to spend. They never had this type of cap space before.

    When you have 60 million to spend, and you want to improve your team, you go out and buy some players. Some of you wanted them to sit on the money for some reason, which makes no sense at all.

  4. It was a great year to have money to spend in free agency. Very little competition driving the price up. Overall, very good value for younger players entering their prime.

  5. Yeah, because they finally had a bunch of money to spend.

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    It is how they spent the money, paying A- money for B or B+ players.

    Robert Kraft admits Patriots used to laugh at teams that spent big in free agency, meaning, Belichick is building the team in a way they used to believe stupid.

  6. He certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt because of his past success, but it seems like the media just gobbles up whatever he says as gospel.

  7. BS interpreter says what he’s really saying is “I’ve never won without Brady and now I have to buy enough wins to not suffer the humiliation of being fired or asked to resign, especially since he won the Super Bowl and we didn’t even come close to the playoffs, pretty much like I’ve done every year I didn’t have him”

  8. If it works out, the new players coming in will at best make this Pats team respectable, maybe in the hunt for a wildcard spot. Honestly, for most of the last 20 years, Brady was the main reason the Pats were elite; the rest of the roster in the terms of talent was often quite unremarkable (except for sure the 2007 team that was a beast…).

  9. The Patriots’ offseason is overhyped, imo. All they did was spend the most money (and those kinds of “offseason champs” haven’t fared too well in the regular season generally).

    They had a bad team last year, and marginally improved most of the positions on the roster. The only position they significantly improved was TE – those were 2 great acquisitions. The rest is just blustery, but won’t move the needle much.

    And without a true starting QB, not too much of it matters. They’ll still be chasing the Bills and Phins in the standings. Even if they grab one of the good QB’s in the draft, it won’t have much impact this season.

  10. It is how they spent the money, paying A- money for B or B+ players.

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    Henry is the 6th best paid TE for 2021.

    As for the rest of them:
    Jonnu

    They had needs at positions and wanted to make sure they got the players they wanted. Its an active FA market, they have a plan for these guys and wanted to be sure they got them.

    I suppose it would it better if they offered less money and then had them sign elsewhere? maybe losing the guys they wanted? We dont know what other teams were offering.

    And with the salary cap due to go up significantly next year

  11. for most of the last 20 years, Brady was the main reason the Pats were elite; the rest of the roster in the terms of talent was often quite unremarkable

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    Asante Samuel hates how the Patriots treat players, saying Tom Brady was why it worked

    “You can’t just let top players go and expect to win. The only reason they got away with it is because of Tom Brady. I always said this and hate how they treat the players.”

    Belichick didn’t sign top players on offense in FA

  12. billsrthefuture says:
    April 16, 2021 at 10:50 am

    The Patriots’ offseason is overhyped, imo. All they did was spend the most money (and those kinds of “offseason champs” haven’t fared too well in the regular season generally).

    They had a bad team last year, and marginally improved most of the positions on the roster. The only position they significantly improved was TE – those were 2 great acquisitions. The rest is just blustery, but won’t move the needle much.

    And without a true starting QB, not too much of it matters. They’ll still be chasing the Bills and Phins in the standings. Even if they grab one of the good QB’s in the draft, it won’t have much impact this season.
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    The Pats off-season was definitely overhyped. The 2 TE’s production does not equate with what NE paid them. Same thing goes for the 2 WR’s also. Hunter Henry has never surpassed 700 yards receiving in a season. Jonnu Smith has never surpassed 500 yards receiving in a season. Nelson Agholor had his best season last season & he still had under 900 yards receiving. Kendrick Bourne’s best year,also last year, he had 667 yards receiving. What teams were clamoring for these guys? These players are meant to be later in free agency period signings, not 1st day of free agency guys.

  13. That quote is a typical Belichick way of saying nothing, except this time he rambled at length while saying nothing.

  14. The under-rated aspect of the Pats decision to spend money this year is that the draft class is so shallow, they can’t really pick up value in the late rounds and than UDFA like they’ve done in the past. I have a real feeling they’re going to make another uncharacteristic move and trade up in the draft and take a QB.

  15. He’s right about the averaging process, but the Patriots have never been on the side of writing big checks for veteran players.
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    Rosevelt Colvin, Adalius Thomas, and Stefon Gilmore all say hi.

  16. weswelker83 says:
    April 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm
    Bill the chess grandmaster while the rest play chutes and ladders
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    Right. He signed some free agents (like every other team does) to help his 7-9 team after the best QB ever took his expertise to Tampa Bay to win a Super Bowl with another team. Signing free agents is a genius move. Nobody else signs free agents. Let’s see what a genius he is without Tom Brady again. Or let’s watch the QB whisperer make Cam Newton great.

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