One of the most interesting things in the NFL has been Bill Belichick’s ability to land players on discounts.
Over the last 20 years that Bill Belichick has spent working as the head coach of the New England Patriots, he has been able to bring quite a lot of amazing players on discounted deals. Those players would usually go looking for lucrative deals, but there’s something in the Patriots organization that makes them give up on their goals.
When talking about his own experience with the Patriots, former cornerback DeAngelo Hall explained that his decision to pass on the team still haunts him to this day. He told reproters:
“When I signed to play half the season with Washington in 2008, there was a line in my contract that said the team could not franchise tag me that next season. I remember negotiations for a new deal with Washington weren’t going well, and there were other teams in the picture, including New England. At that time, players didn’t take short-term deals, but Randy Moss had just signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Patriots. I couldn’t believe it. In my own contract discussions with the Pats, I recall Bill Belichick telling me they couldn’t give me the contract Moss signed.
“Being a young and greedy knucklehead, I chose to stay in Washington on a long-term deal (six years, $54 million), which ultimately had me making the same per-year salary as Moss. Over a few million, I could’ve changed my legacy by being part of that dynasty. That was on the table for me, and I wish I would’ve made the decision to take less money and play for Belichick.”
The Redskins managed to get to the playoffs only twice during Hall’s tenure with them, while the Patriots won the AFC East in every season over that span and played in four Super Bowls, winning two.