That was a combination of overpaying due to need, and also over estimating potential. I'm surprised to see Marsh is still in the NFL; I'm not surprised to see that he is on his fourth team in the last three years. Marsh had not lived up to his status of a 4th round draft pick at that time, and did not merit a 5th and a 7th.That Cassius Marsh trade...just absolutely brutal...I mean WTF was Bill thinking...
When Kony Ealy didn't work out, it potentially elevated Geneo Grissom to starter. Next in line on the depth chart were rookies (Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise, Keionta Davis). That void is what led to BB overpaying for Marsh.
The Mohamed Sanu trade is the most egregious example of an acquisition born from a dire situation . There have been others with the Pats sometimes being the predator, sometimes the prey.
Ten years ago the Pats were involved in two trades of desperate need; one in their favor, one not. The Patriots entered the 2010 offseason with BJGE, Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and Laurence Maroney at RB. Denver was in dire straits at the position due to multiple injuries, and gave up a 4th for Maroney - who averaged 2.1 ypc in four games, and never again played in the NFL. Talk about a brutal trade, yikes Denver.
The previous year the Pats were on the wrong side of a trade: a 3rd and a 5th to the Raiders for Derrick Burgess. New England had to overpay (just like Denver did for Maroney) due to their need at the position following Roosevelt Colvin's retirement and Mike Vrabel going to KC. Burgess didn't do much, but it was preferable to having to start special teamer Pierre Woods.