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Bill Belichick's Top 20 shrewdest draft trades

Bill Belichick's Top 20 shrewdest draft trades

No team has more than draft picks in this month's draft than the Patriots, who own 12 selections, including six in the first 101 picks.

But don't expect Bill Belichick to come out of the draft with a dozen new players. Since Belichick took over in Foxboro, no team has trafed more picks during the draft than the Pats.

How many? Try a whopping 71 deals, including eight last year, tying the high-water mark they set way back in 2003. Sometimes the Patriots package picks and move up; sometimes they trade down and add capital in future drafts.

But over the years, all of those swaps have yielded a host of Pro Bowlers and cogs of future Super Bowl championship teams.

Tom E. Curran has looked back at all the trades and ranks Belichick's 20 shrewdest draft deals.

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LeGarrette Blount says he wanted to re-sign with Patriots, but they didn't respect him

LeGarrette Blount says he wanted to re-sign with Patriots, but they didn't respect him

Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount isn't pleased with how his tenure in New England ended.

In NFL Network's "America's Game" special on the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl win over the Pats, Blount talks about feeling like he was slighted by his ex-team.

"The way things ended there was uh, not to my liking," Blount says. "I had told them how bad I wanted to be there and how much I wanted to stay there and I didn't want to leave, and, you know, they couldn't get a deal done for me. I just feel like they didn't respect me, you know, at all."

The Patriots used the "unrestricted free agent tender" on Blount during that offseason.

Blount, now with the Lions, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's Super Bowl victory.

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LeGarrette Blount signs with Lions

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LeGarrette Blount signs with Lions

Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has signed with the Lions on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports.

Blount gained 766 yards and scored two touchdowns on 173 carries last season with the Super Bowl champion Eagles. The 31-year-old should provide a big help to a backfield that ranked dead last in the NFL in 2017.

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