Belichick just traded away our best defensive player on the dynasty, and have a combination of Jarvis Green, Ron Brace, and Derrick Burgess to fill the void. Let's compile a list (of both positive and negative) to discuss Belichick's history of letting go or demoting well-known players (doesn't matter if it was through release, trade, move to the bench, etc), and having someone to replace that player. There were several great successes, and a few failures. A few successful instances come to mind: - Keeping Drew Bledsoe on the bench, and staying with a 6th round pick named Brady in 2001. - Sudden release of Lawyor Milloy before 2003. We had quietly signed Rodney Harrison, a player nobody else in the league wanted who was cut by the Chargers, and the New England fan base had yet to come to love. - Letting Damien Woody go. We had drafted a 5th round center named Dan Koppen, who filled in nicely after we let the pro bowl player go. - Letting Ty Law go. We had a 5th round pick name Asante Samuel who filled the hole at corner. - Letting Adam Vinatieri go. We drafted a 4th round kicker Gostkowski who is the most accurate Pats kicker in history. - For failures, letting Deion Branch go and having only Reche Caldwell to replace him. This was probably a forced move by Branch, unexpected by Belichick, though the trade has obviously worked out fabulously for the Pats.