Earlier today, we looked at our ranking of the top five trades made by the Patriots since Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli took over the football operation in 2000. Now for a look at what we feel are the top five trades that didn't work out in that span:
1) March 4, 2005 -- Acquired CB Duane Starks and a 2005 fifth-round pick (which was later traded) from the Cardinals in exchange for a 2005 third-round pick (LB Darryl Blackstock) and a 2005 fifth-round pick (LB Lance Mitchell).
2) April 26, 2003 -- Traded a 2003 second-round pick (50th overall) and a 2003 fourth-round pick (120th overall) to Carolina for a second-round pick (45th overall, WR Bethel Johnson). The Panthers selected C Bruce Nelson and used the fourth-rounder as a chip to move around the board.
3) Sept. 2, 2006 -- Acquired WR Doug Gabriel from the Raiders for a 2006 fifth-round draft choice (S Eric Frampton). Despite a golden opportunity to emerge in the absence of WR Deion Branch, Gabriel played in only 12 games for the team and was cut before the '06 season ended.
4) April 29, 2006 -- While this still has a chance of working out, the results to date have not been as desired -- the Patriots traded a 2006 second-round pick (52nd overall, WR Greg Jennings) and a 2006 third-round pick (75th overall, C Jason Spitz) to Green Bay to move up in the 2006 second round and select WR Chad Jackson 36th overall.
5) April 21, 2001 -- Moving down in the draft, the Patriots traded their 2001 third-round pick to Minnesota (69th overall, DB Eric Kelly) in exchange for a 2001 third-round pick (86th overall, CB Brock Williams) and 2001 fourth-round pick (119th overall, TE Jabari Holloway). Williams and Holloway never played a regular-season snap for the team.
LOOKING AHEAD: Our next update will come from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Patriots and Ravens are expected to be met by windy conditions tonight.