Thoughts: 1. Trades in the NFL have three components: players, draft picks, and cap space. Cap space is traded from team to team, just like players. "Fairness" and "equal value" in terms of players are obsolete concepts. Cap space is a strategic resource that can only be valued in the context of a team's long term plans and the upcoming marketplace. 2. For anyone not involved in the Pat's internal conversations about building the team can't have an informed, intelligent opinion about any the merits of any trade or player transaction. There is just too much complexity involved. We like to sit out here and make judgments but ultimately are just making ourselves look silly. 3. KC has lots of athletes and lots of cap space, and is in need of veteran experience. The Pats have lots of veteran experience, and need athletes and cap space. It just makes sense. 4. The team had no chance of winning a Super Bowl with Cassel on the roster at that price. So you do what you have to do. 5. We all know that to win a Super Bowl in the coming years, this team needs to get much faster on defense. Every player who is earning big money and who will be slowing down in the near future will be gone, or be taking a major pay cut, if at all possible. The cap hits and difficulty finding quality replacements may protect some, like Seymour, Green, and Thomas.