I hope this post starts a discussion where some of you more informed types can set the record straight on this issue. I'm hearing alot lately about how the Patriots don't spend money, and it seems to be another one of those "let's make up a story and run with it" type deals. All we hear over the last couple of years, is how the Patriots have been losing their key, best, veteran players. That much is obvious. However, in 2007 the New England Patriots had the second highest payroll in the entire NFL. They've lost (through trade, retirement, and free agency) some of their higher paid players. Thus, in 2009 their payroll was 20th in the league. Now there is this great emphasis that the Patriots have simply never been a team to pay. What? Yes they have. You can't complain that the team has lost veteran players since 2007, and because the payroll comes down, then say that the same team that was SECOND in the NFL in Payroll in 2007, has always been a cheap team. Can anybody else run with some of this? I'm sure there are different angles to attack. Some of these discussions (brought up again because of recent comments for Moss) just seem false when I look at the facts.