So much was made of the Pats having so many draft picks in the first 3 rounds this year. But....once again....they trade like crazy and end up with 2 #1s and 2 #2s next year.
Unfortunately, this is what I think the Pats were thinking.
Those picks next year could be worth a lot more next year then they would have been worth this year.
Why? - Rookie wage scale.
I'm 100% certain that whatever deal gets worked out this year, next year, the number 1, No. 1...isn't getting a contract with $30 million in guarantees and first round draft choices will be much easier to sign from a financial perspective.
That makes, taking any combination of your 2 #1s and 2 #2s and trading them to get into the top 5 a much easier pill to swallow.
Pats will be able to do whatever they want next year, from a pick perspective and from a $$$ perspective.