Jcb890 wrote:Elmagister wrote:I said they let good players walk. But they are generally replaceable.
Seymour was 30, disgruntled and coming off of an 8 sack season when they traded him.
Logan Mankins was 31 and only played 2 more seasons when they jettisoned him.
Deion Branch was a role player made better by Tom Brady. Solid, but unspectacular. He never had more than 78 catches, never 1000 yards, never more than 6 TD.
I'll give you Jones, but he was coming into a payday, they got a (bad) guard and a 2nd in return for him.
They may have let Welker go one year too early, but they had Edelman.
Like I said, a lot of the moves they have made, worked.
I honestly believe Branch would have been a star had he stayed. But, that's OK.
The prior to the one he was traded Seymour was awesome. They did pick good timing to deal him though for sure. Same with Mankins. 31 isn't that old for a guard though.
I am more of the mind that the Patriots really have not had stars. Seymour, Mankins and Branch were very good, but not legit stars.
Chandler Jones trade sucked. But, they weren't going to pay him.
Hated letting Welker go and like you said, might have been 1-2 years early, but like most of the other moves, it worked out.
It helps that they were able to fleece the Raiders a couple times for Moss and a 1st round pick for Seymour in the final year of his deal.