The Patriots did bid, and quite hard, for both Revis and Talib.
At no time did they bid "quite hard" on either.
Talib tested the market and didn't like it and came back on a 1 year deal.
In '14 it's questionable if they even offered him a serious deal when they knew Revis was hitting the market.
Which for Revis it was either the Pats or jests, with the jests saying no Pats very easily won the Revis sweepstakes.
As for last year they knew Revis was gone. Ya they offered him a deal but they were all in on him if they were the option would have been picked up and then they would have worked out a deal
I don't think compensation picks make sense in the NFL.
Look at baseball: compensation picks in MLB make a lot of sense, because it's not a level playing field. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, et al. have payroll double/triple some of the small market teams. For teams like the Pirates, Athletics, or Rays, they're bound to lose star players to large market teams. Compensation picks help balance things out a little bit.
In the NFL though, everyone is playing by the same salary cap rules. Every team can afford to utilize all of their cap space (and not only that, there's a salary floor that they must meet). Yes, teams often lose players that they can't fit under their salary cap, but it's never because of a payroll disadvantage.
Anyway, Belichick works the system well, and we generally benefit from it. Obviously I love all of these extra picks. Objectively though, I don't really think the system makes a ton of sense.
Are you really trying to spin compensation picks as some sort of parity-driven obstacle the Patriots have to overcome?I like it, not only because the Patriots are good at incorporating it into their strategy, but also because when all the rules drive the league to parity, a team with extended success (like our team) just looks that much more impressive.
Are you really trying to spin compensation picks as some sort of parity-driven obstacle the Patriots have to overcome?
We are quite arguably (and in my opinion) the most well-run franchise in football, and yes, being a modern day dynasty with the current rules is an unbelievable accomplishment. But compensation picks, as they are currently incorporated into the modern NFL, are way too exploitable and hurt, not help, parity.
I hope we ride this gravy train as long as it lasts, but if I were on the competition committee I would fine tune the logic. Free agents nearly always sign with the highest bidder, and the teams that can bid the highest are more often than not the ****ty ones (e.g. teams with most cap space right now are the 49ers, Jaguars, Browns, Titans -- all laughingstocks).
I asked simple farken question. Please feel free to answer or ignore it!