A look at some links that offer different perspectives on the Patriots' acquisition of Derrick Burgess:
ASSESSING THE VALUE OF THE TRADE: Now that the terms of the trade are known, my feeling is that the Patriots traded a bit more than I expected. The Raiders did well to acquire two mid-round picks for a player who entered the last of his contract, and didn't project as a starter for them. I think back to 2003 when the Patriots acquired nose tackle Ted Washington for a fourth-round pick, and Washington entered the last year of his deal. Washington wasn't a three-down player, and I'm not sure Burgess is at this point in the Patriots' scheme. On the flip side, my sense is that the Patriots were willing to pay the price because they feel this is the one piece that could put them over the top. On a stacked roster, the pass rush was their main weakness. They've now filled it. It also probably helped that Burgess is on the books for just $2 million -- good value for a player of his caliber -- and they have three second-round picks next year, so those mid-round selections could ultimately be replenished.