FOXBORO -- On a day when a lot of thought and energy is spent acquiring the best players possible via the draft, the Patriots added another player they liked by way of a trade.
After making their fourth-round pick -- TCU receiver Josh Boyce -- the Patriots had to wait 124 picks until their next selection. While they waited, they traded a seventh-rounder and running back/returner Jeff Demps to Tampa bay in exchange for running back LeGarrette Blount.
"We had quite a bit of time on our hands, and during that time we ended up working out the deal with Tampa for LeGarrette," Bill Belichick said Saturday. "Excited to have him here. Think he's a good football player. He's had a lot of production. He got in a situation last year where they obviously went with (Doug) Martin, but this guy's a good football player and we're happy to have him on our team."
Blount's workload has decreased over the last two seasons with the Buccaneers -- he had just 41 carries last season -- but Belichick said he believed the Patriots picked up a talented player in the three-year veteran.
"I think we felt that we had an opportunity to get a good player at a price that was fair," Belichick said. "Good value for what we gave up . . . Our job is to acquire good football players. That's what we're in the business of. We can get a good football player and the price is right, or we can afford the price depending on what it is, whether that's financial or compensation, whatever the trade terms are that's all tied in together. If it's a good player at a good price, it's affordable, you gotta consider it. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it did."
Though Demps has made it clear that he intends to continue his track career, Belichick would not say if that factored into the trade.
"We just felt the overall trade was good for our football team," he said. "Any time you get something, you have to give up something -- or most of the time. You usually don’t get something for nothing. We gave up something and we got something. We feel good about what we got. I’m sure Tampa feels good about what they got so that’s why it was done."