Questionable moves in Patriots history
Drew BledsoeA prodigy at Washington State, Bledsoe was a starter from Day 1 after the Patriots made him the first overall pick in the 1993 draft. The quarterback made the Pro Bowl four times and helped the Patriots to the playoffs on five occasions. But the last carried an asterisk, because after getting hurt in the third game of the 2001 season, Bledsoe watched first from a hospital bed, and then from the sideline as his replacement, unheralded Tom Brady, galvanized the Patriots and led them to the Super Bowl crown, their first of three in four years. Coach Bill Belichick's decision to stick with Brady rather than give an injured starter his job back was the source of much debate.
Though he came off the bench in place of the injured Brady and guided the Patriots to an upset of the Steelers in the AFC Championship game, Bledsoe's nine-year New England reign effectively ended when the Jets' Mo Lewis rammed him on the sideline, causing severe internal injuries. The Patriots traded him to the Bills -- a division rival -- for a No. 1 pick after the 2001 season, which turned out to be Ty Warren.