There are teams that overpay consistantly and teams that don't.
NE vs Car....they handle things differently. That can't be argued. That isn't a claim I think we should be like NE....but it is what it is.
Williams, Anderson, CJ all could of been retained for less....being consistant in overpaying everyone eventually limits what else you can do. My beef isn't do much about overpaying one specific player but the consistant trend. Has hurt out ability to have good depth on the roster IMO
I think you are wrong on all counts about Williams, Anderson and CJ. CJ would have gone to Atlanta unless we overpaid him as we did to stay when we sucked so badly after 2010. Williams had offers from other teams like Denver it was rumored so we paid to keep him. Anderson you could argue was overpaid based on his past performance but he promptly went out and broke the franchise record for tackles last year suggesting he may have been worth the money.
You can't compare us to NE for several reasons. They got away with underpaying for years because players would take less to play for them under the assumption they would be on a superbowl team. Surely that isn't comparable to a 2-14 team that was clearly the worst in the league in 2010 when these contracts were made. Secondly the Patriots believe in trading players before they have to pay them and plugging in the next man up. That worked for years but in the past few years especially on defense that has backfired as they have arguably had one of the worst defenses in the league. Brady is the single reason they have done as well as they have with a poor defense. Without him they would have been like Buffalo the past few years.
And if you say that I admitted NE was different and not the same, then why bring them up instead of a team like Tampa which also underpays their players all the time.