Originally Posted by Dirtstar
it has cost them in the sense than instead of stockpiling future picks, they could've "cashed in" on some of those assets and use them to build a legit supporting cast for Brady to keep making runs at the Superbowl.
they have a top 5 QB of all time. it makes no sense to waste 3-4 of his prime years so that they get "good value" in drafting Ras I Dowling. everybody applauded the Seymour trade as another stroke of genius from BB, but that Raiders #1 pick didn't do **** to help them get their first playoff win since the 2007 season.
My point is that the "stockpiling" of picks is not generated by trading impact draft picks for 50 cents on the dollar. I'm sorry but if trading a mid third round pick for a future second is your idea of "not cashing in" then your argument is very weak (especially in light of the fact that the Patriots have a lot of picks year after year which gives them the luxury of doing precisely what they do).
The Seymour argument is pretty irrelevant at this point-sure he certainly could have helped in 2008 (but at the same time Brady went down that year so I guess the issue is whether he REALLY would have mattered). After that his contract was up, he made it very clear he was fed up with the hometown discount and wanted to be paid and he has been (to the exorbitant rate if like 12 million per season). There was no way the Patriots were paying both he and Wilfork as the highest paid players at their position, especially with Ty Warren also locked up at big money. The Jets have had the luxury of being a mediocre team for a long time and as a result have not had to deal with the "problems" inherent in juggling the salary cap and keeping all your great players. The practical effect of your argument is akin to me saying "the Jets are blowing it this year by not re-signing Harris, Edwards, Cromartie, Smith, and Holmes this year." From a business perspective I think any rationale fan realizes it is not possible.