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Bill Belichick responds to Dion Lewis calling the Patriots cheap

Bill Belichick responds to Dion Lewis calling the Patriots cheap

After signing a four-year $19.8 million contract with the Tennessee Titans this offseason, Dion Lewis helped defeat his former team Sunday with a 34-10 drubbing at home. 

In his post game availability, Lewis had a few choice words for the Patriots, who let him walk in free agency without a new contract. 

Bill Belichick has a reputation for letting players go for big contracts, and then replacing their contributions for less money. On WEEI Monday, he responded to Lewis' comments. 

Dion’s made plenty of positive comments in the past... I’m not sure about this one, but whatever it is, it is. Right now, we really need to worry about what we’re doing and our football team. And that’s really where our focus is. Whatever else anybody says or doesn’t say is out of our control. I don’t think it’s going to affect us too much one way or the other, whether it’s good or bad.”

Lewis has passed receiving total from last year already, but has not gotten the same amount of carries in Tennessee while sharing the backfield with Derrick Henry. Meanwhile, New England has gotten career-best production from James White. 

Other players can say the Patriots are cheap, but they continue to find replacements year after year. 

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New England Patriots rank fourth all-time in compensatory selections

New England Patriots rank fourth all-time in compensatory selections

The compensatory selections for the 2019 NFL Draft were released on Friday afternoon and the New England Patriots were one of the teams to receive four selections. Only the Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals came away with four this year, and the Patriots were one of two teams to receive multiple third-round picks (the Los Angeles Rams were the other).

This marks the third time since 2010 that the Patriots were able to land the maximum four compensatory picks.

The Patriots have seemingly always invested more in draft capital than in top-notch free agents. It's part of their strategy. That's why it's unsurprising to see them near the top of the list in all-time compensatory picks.

Since compensatory selections came into existence in 1994, the Patriots have had the fourth-most of all-time with 39. They trail only the Ravens (50), Cowboys (42), and Packers (42), per Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams. Most notably, Tom Brady was selected with a compensatory pick in the 2000 NFL Draft (sixth round, 199th overall).

Moving forward, compensatory picks will have even more value for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. The reason? As of 2018, teams can now trade compensatory picks.

In the short-term, Belichick is now armed with 12 picks in the 2019 draft that are all tradeable. He will be able to move up and down the draft board with even more free will than usual. And this comes just a year after the Patriots made eight draft day trades.

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