IMO teams are built in the draft. It takes coming out of a draft with at least 2 major contributors and 1 role player or 1 PB guy and 2 contributors to maintain success in the NFL. If you can’t accomplish this, you end up overpaying for players in FA and it quickly leads to cap issues. I will try and show example from every team in the AFC east to support my argument. Using the draft formula, the Patriots have not had a successful draft since ’05. (When was the last time they won a superbowl?) The past few years the patriots have been much more active in free agency. The 06 draft produced Lawrency Maroney, Chad Jackson, Dave Thomas, Garrett Mills, Stephen Gostkowski, and some other you’ll never hear of. Maroney, was he worth a 21st overall pick?? 07 produced Brandon Meriweather, Clint Oldenburg, Justin Rogers, Mike Richardson….and more guys you’ll never hear of. 08 produced Jerod Mayo, Terrance Wheatly, Shawn Crable, Kevin O’Connell, Jonathan Wilhite, Matt Slater, and Bo Ruud. This past offseason the Pats went heavy in FA for CB’s, and WR’s. If the Pats are this amazing drafting team that everyone thinks they are and refuse to question anything Bele does, then why in the world have they drafted 3 cbs in the past 3 years (4 if you count 09) and still had to sign a bunch of FA’s?? With the Randy Moss and Wes Welker trades as well and the folks they already had on board, they only drafted 1 wr over the past 3 years. A 2nd rounder named Chad Jackson….never heard of him. With the talk of their LBing corps being old they have drafted 4 LBers in 08 and 07. Mayo being the only one that has turned into anything good. Congrats pats on not screwing up a top 10 pick. I’m not sure this the Pats will have a steep drop off this yr. I am predicting winning between 10 and 12 games. This lack of quality drafting has left them turning over rocks and paying FA money. Going to bite them in the next couple years unless their 09 draft turns out spectacular. With major players on the D and O line being FAs in 2010 it might explain the heavy drafting the pats did along the lines in 09. Recent history says they might be able to get 1 or 2 to work out. Somehow they’re going to have to resign or replace Vince Wilfolk, Ben Watson, Nick Kaczur, Ryan O’callaghan, Stephen Neal, Rich Hochstein, Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green, Pierre Woods, Tully banta-cain, Tedy Bruschi, Stephen Gostkowski. Wilfolk and Kaczur obviously will be the priority, but if they manage to get them both resigned it will definitely take uo the majority of the teams cap space. IMO any way they go with it, they are opening holes that cannot be filled in 1 year. To make a comparison I will list the phins FA’s next season. Chad Pennington, Ronnie Brown, Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano, David Martin, Jason Ferguson, Matt roth, Jason Taylor, and Dan Carpenter. Everyone has Henne pegged as the heir apparent to Pennington. If he leaves, it will free up a good chunk of cap room. Ronnie Brown and Devone Bess can easily be resigned along with Fasano and still have some cash left over. Feel free to blast me, I’m sure it’s coming and i'll get more flack from Jets fans than Pats fans.