While there have been calls for an investigation and loud lamenting throughout Patriot land and the NFL in general over the last 24 hours, we believe that the Cassel/Vrabel trade was great for the Patriots. Here is why:
1. Compensation – The Patriots basically received a 1st Round Draft pick that we can pay like a 2nd Rounder. The difference between the #34 and the #32 is small in the football sense, but high in the psychological sense, almost how Mrs. NE Patriots Draft won’t buy something for $100, but will for $99.
2. Salary Cap Room – $18 Million is nothing to sneeze at. It appears that the Patriots are already moving to extend Vince Wilfork and sign a veteran at the CB position.
3. Dictation – Mike Vrabel was going to be cut if he wasn’t traded. Due to the trade, we kept him away from a divisional rival (Jets/Dolphins) where he could do damage against the Patriots for years to come. Matt Cassel could have gone to the Jets, Bucs, Broncos, or another playoff caliber team. Moving him to KC was a safe spot.
4. Media – I always love it when Coach Belichick draws the ire of the national media, including ass-hats like Jay Mariotti. If anyone truly thinks that Bill did the Chiefs and Scott Pioli a favor at the expense of the New England Patriots, they need to remember that they are dealing with a coach who will do dang near anything to win.
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