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Sports Bill Belichick defends salary cap stance, says Patriots 'sold out' for recent Super Bowl success

03:55  03 november  2020
03:55  03 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Although the Patriots now have plenty of cap space, Belichick noted that early in the offseason they didn’t, and that limited how much they could spend in Even with the cap expected to decline by about million next year, the Patriots project to be in good cap shape. So while other teams are feeling a

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"I didn't say it as an excuse. I never said that," Belichick said. "Look, we paid Cam Newton a million dollars. It's obvious we didn't have any money. It's nobody's fault.

"That's what we did the last five years. We sold out and won three Super Bowls, played in a fourth, and played in an AFC championship game. This year we have less to work with. It's not an excuse. It's just a fact."

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Brady's departure to Tampa Bay was just the start of an offseason exodus in New England. No team was hit harder by players opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. The Patriots had eight players opt out, including Pro Bowl linebacker Dont'a Hightower, veteran safety Patrick Chung and starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon.

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The Newton signing, hailed as a potential stroke of genius in late June, hasn't exactly panned out as expected. A positive COVID-19 test sidelined the former Carolina Panthers star and 2015 NFL MVP for a Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which New England lost, and the Patriots haven't won since his return.

Newton's passing numbers for the season (2 TDs, 7 INTs, 190.5 yards a game) have been mediocre. In a crucial moment in Sunday's game, with his team in position for a tying field goal position and still driving for a potential winning score, Newton fumbled the ball on a scramble, handing the Bills a rare victory over the Patriots.

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Belichick defends recent draft record: 'I've seen a lot worse' .
The New England Patriots are in an unfamiliar position at the season's halfway point, sitting at 3-5 and third in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Some believe New England's woes are partially due to poor recent drafting, but head coach Bill Belichick strongly pushed back against that notion Friday. "I'd say the most important thing to me is winning games," Belichick said, according to Nick O'Malley of Mass Live. "I'mSome believe New England's woes are partially due to poor recent drafting, but head coach Bill Belichick strongly pushed back against that notion Friday.

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