Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net writes today on the Patriots' 2009 trade of Richard Seymour. The piece, which is headlined "In retrospect, the Patriots missed Seymour", provided a springboard to solicit opinion from Patriots followers on the following question:
Knowing what you do now, would you still make that deal (Seymour for a 2011 first-round pick?).
Some responses on Twitter:
@bendadams -- "Can't really rule on this until we see what [Nate] Solder does. Pats were definitely good enough to win it all this year."
@mikeyb -- "We would have gotten nothing for Seymour, having him leave in free agency. That said, I do miss having him on the D."
@clnorton33 -- "No, I don't do the deal -- Seymour too valuable on and off the field."
@pacman5585 -- "Great question. No one would do it again. Awful trade that has killed this team. 0-3 in last three playoff games [2 without Seymour]."
@thepaulswanson -- "I think the bigger question is would we have been able to sign Seymour to a contract extension?"
@kentmckinley -- "Definitely. People forget Seymour was not great his last couple years with Pats; wasn't the dominant 01-04 Seymour."
@jay2436 -- "Must keep in mind the financial aspects of the deal. He would have needed the franchise tag in New England, which means Mankins gone."