I recently read two posts, one suggesting that it's essential to extend key player Aqib Talib, the other lamenting that the Pats "pissed away" so many draft picks on malcontent vets. It made me wonder about the team's overall track record in trading away picks for veterans. On balance, is it worth it? Here's the roundup of the BB era: Players received: Albert Haynesworth Alex Smith Andre Davis Aqib Talib Chad Ochocinco Corey Dillon Derrick Burgess Doug Gabriel Duane Starks Greg Lewis Quinn Ojinaka Randy Moss Ted Washington Tracy White Wes Welker Net Picks Sent: 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 5th 5th 5th 6th 7th Summary: The total picks sent over a 13-year period amount to a little less than one full draft's worth. And the players received include 4 multiyear high level starters (Talib, Dillon, Moss, Welker), plus a few contributors at other levels (E.g. Washington, White.) That is a spectacular yield. SPECTACULAR. I suspect there's a memory bias -- a failed trade leaves you with only the lost pick to focus on, while a successful trade leaves you focused on the player, rather than how he got here.