The Patriots were mocked in a tweet that compared the trades of Joe Flacco and Stephon Gilmore.
Let’s not sugarcoat it: the New England Patriots’ choice to trade Stephon Gilmore–which ultimately implies Bill Belichick’s decision–was a horrible one. Worse, the Patriots only received a sixth-round pick from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the former Defensive Player of the Year.
Belichick is not immune to rebuke, and members of the media are letting him know about his latest gaffe. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe sent out a Bitmoji-fueled comparison tweet, highlighting the very realistic return the Philadelphia Eagles received for trading Joe Flacco to the New York Jets alongside the Gilmore return.
Joe Flacco was traded to the Eagles for a sixth-round pick in 2022.
Stephon Gilmore was traded to the Patriots for a sixth-round pick in 2023. pic.twitter.com/zUEkDmd0TB
October 26, 2021 — Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
While Volin was instrumental in putting the dreadful deal into perspective, he isn’t the only one blaming Belichick for the blunder.
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Belichick was the deal’s biggest loser.
Belichick was one of the biggest losers in the trade that sent Gilmore to the Panthers, according to USA Today’s Nate Davis, and this was his explanation.
Gilmore’s contract difficulties have been lingering for almost a year. New England handed him a $5 million increase in 2020 after his defensive MVP performance, but that simply served to push the financial can down the road, as he was set to make less than $6 million in 2021. The quad issue undoubtedly hindered any trade talks in the summer, but a 2023 Day 3 pick for a player of his talent doesn’t seem like much. This also serves as a reminder that most players, no matter how good they are – Brady, Gilmore, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, and the list goes on – leave New England with a sour taste in their mouths, which could be a problem for Belichick’s free agent recruiting efforts in the future now that Brady is no longer around to serve as Lombardi Trophy catnip.
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