This is meant neither to condemn nor to praise, but simply to analyze. In 2007, the Patriots apparently decided that keeping Asante and paying him the franchise salary was worth the difference between the 2009 third-round compensatory pick they got for him and whatever additional compensation they might have gotten by trading him. In 2009, despite having spent a third-round draft pick and more on Derrick Burgess, the Patriots traded away Seymour for a first-round draft pick in 2011. If we use the above logic, the Patriots saw more benefit in getting that first-rounder than they did in Seymour's potential contributions in 2009 (and the possibility that they might get a comp pick in 2011). So: why the different outlooks?