New England Patriots’ last punishment for Deflategate is finally official
The NFL released its list of compensatory picks for the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday, along with the final draft order for all seven rounds.
Noted in that release is that the New England Patriots will forfeit a fourth-round pick, No. 132 overall — their final punishment for the Deflategate scandal. The Pats already had been stripped of their 2016 first-round pick, fined $1 million and hit with the four-game suspension of Tom Brady.
Also announced was the Giants’ punishment for using walkie talkies during a December win over Dallas: New York’s fourth-round pick falls 10 spots, from 130 to 140. The Giants already were fined $150,000 and coach Ben McAdoo $50,000.
The good news for Patriots fans is that the team gained a fifth-round compensatory pick, No. 185 overall, plus a third-rounder from the Browns (No. 103) as part of the Jamie Collins trade. Oh, and your team is Super Bowl champ and stuff.
And the Patriots now have seven picks in the first five rounds of the draft, and could deal Jimmy Garoppolo to bolster that haul.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 24, 2017