eaglesrule wrote:Incidentally, it's patently absurd in my opinion that they get to keep that one. The league should have docked the higher of the two picks they possess.
There is no logic behind that. Docking the Patriots their personal draft picks is the attempt at evening out the field. The pats cheated and used something that other teams don't typically have. So dock them something of theirs so they can't have it while other teams do. Makes sense...no reason to dock them something that they obtained through means that affect their salary cap and personale (sp?) (what trading for picks in the future does). Makes no sense.
Doesn't have to be "logical," it has to be just. Since there is no precedent, I don't think it's fair. At the end of the day, the pick is now "their's" whether they obtained it through the normal means (everyone gets a pick every year) or they traded for it. How it cascades shouldn't be a major concern in my opinion, because when you are cheating, you are subverting the notion of "fair" so a punishment from where I sit doesn't need to be fair by the Patriots, it needs to be fair to the whole of the league.
At any rate, they do have one stellar front office, and the thought of them with cap room and a top five pick is not really fun.
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