Lets look at reality. When it became obvious to Belichick that the old team had to be stripped down and rebuilt after the 2007 season or the 2008 possibly. He calculated if he accumulated lots of draft choices, and cut the old stars, plus stripped out the old reserves and replaced them with a new younger generation of [cheaper] youngsters he could rebuild in about three years, doing the work of a 5 Plus year Plan. Bill needed large Numbers of good players. He also needed some impact stars. But he would still have a problem. Lots of players that he would like to keep, would cost millions more than the CAP would allow. So he made a list of who he had to give new contracts and budgeted likely prices for them; It added up to more than he had. So He knew some would have to go. He wanted the young NT as key to D- line. He wanted the QB who got them there. He wanted the young leader of the O-line and key to the O-line. He wanted to keep some other lower priced good contributors. BB drew up a list of keepers and a list of not-keepers. Bruschi, Harrison, Seau, Rosey, and regrettably Vrabel and Cassell had to be paid off. Most were losing it, and would never last till the Pats were rebuilt. The last two could not be afforded. Richard Seymour and his $12 million could no longer be afforded. He had to go. Brady had to be re-signed and was. Woolfork had to be re-signed and was. Mankins was offered a resigning but he didn't accept, [yet]. Others were re-signed for budgeted dollars. Warren, and Neal, and Light, and Kaczur, and Gostkowski. The O-line scrubs were let go. Hochstein is prospering elsewhere. Receiving reserves Gaffney and Williamson, and Peters were let go. As was Gay and Hobbs at DB. Moss could be kept and re-signed if he resigned for much lower dollars. Then the owners decide to reject the CBA and demand a rookie cap and also a reduction in the CAP. Perhaps $10-12 million/team/year. Now he had a new problem. The only way was to reduce the future budgets by $10 million more. Moss had to go when his contract finished. When he told Randy, Randy pleaded and then held a press conference alternately pleading, or saying he wanted to be fully paid, and would play hard and hope, (that Bill would change his mind). But Bill's hands are tied and he couldn't change. That set the stage for Randy to brood, get angry, feel self-pity, and take self destructive actions. It doesn't require good guys or villains. It's not personal. It's just business.