The New England Patriots have arguably already won the offseason with a slate of moves in free agency that makes the defending Super Bowl champions even more formidable. But on Wednesday, Bill Belichick made another move that flew slightly under the radar.
The Patriots signed veteran receiver Andrew Hawkins, who was released by the Browns in February. Hawkins said on Twitter that he "passed up on deals that were double the compensation" in order to join a contender. Hawkins had 33 catches for 324 yards last year with the Browns.
Colin Cowherd reacted to the move on Thursday's episode of "The Herd," and said this was simply business as usual for Bill Belichick.
Bill Belichick routinely preys on weak organizations
“People in businesses that fail put themselves in a position to fail, so I don’t have a lot of sympathy for businesses that go belly-up, because it’s a series of really, really bad decisions.
Smart people in society cherry-pick off weak people, so don’t be weak. The prime example of this yesterday is, once again, the New England Patriots went out and took a player from the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who will play in the slot and be very productive for them.”
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“By the way, he’s 31. Worked out for the Patriots last week. He’s a 4.0 GPA at Columbia, masters degree. He wants to get into coaching and administration. A very smart player.
But have you ever noticed who New England steals players from? Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Jets, Bengals, Rams, Buffalo, Dolphins, Saints.
You ever notice that? Here’s who they never steal players from — the Packers, John Schneider and Pete Carroll in Seattle, Andy Reid in Kansas City, Denver. The one time they tried to swap a guy or steal a guy from Baltimore, Adalius Thomas, Baltimore let him go and they got burned. He was a bust for them, an expensive bust.”
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“Amazon does not put Costco out of business. Amazon does not put Walmart out of business. They don’t put Target out of business. You know who they put out of business? Stein Mart. JCPenney. Radio Shack. Kmart.
This is what happens in baseball. Bryce Harper bats .500 against the Phillies. Do you know what he bats against Matt Harvey? 2-for-29. Clayton Kershaw? 1-for-15, 10 strikeouts.
Derek Jeter is a career .300 hitter. He didn’t hit Pedro.
Belichick runs a great business. Great businesses make their money off poorly-run businesses. Facebook’s gobbling up Snapchat, they’re not gobbling up Google. Smart people have always cherry-picked off the weak. Don’t be weak.”