Good ESPN article on the Pats
"The Patriot Way," Bledsoe said, smiling, in a bittersweet kind of way. "I think it's just that simply no one player or group of players is bigger than the team or the organization. I was a prime example – maybe Example A of that.
"A number of high-profile individuals in the organization who see their personal stock rise with the team's fortunes are forced to go elsewhere to get paid. Scott Pioli was the team's vice president of player personnel for seven seasons, then left in 2009 to become the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager.
The list of marquee players who followed Bledsoe out the door -- either by free agency, trade or release -- to continue their careers includes Lawyer Milloy, Damien Woody, Ty Law,Adam Vinatieri, Deion Branch, Willie McGinest, Asante Samuel, Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour,Randy Moss and, most recently, Welker."
"Lawyer Milloy, a safety, was coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season in five seasons when he says the Patriots asked him to take a pay cut for 2003.
"Take it or leave it," Milloy said. "They are already seeing everybody on that roster and seeing where they need to cut back. 'How do we keep the numbers down and get a competitive roster? Hey, we love this guy, but his numbers are high.'"
the Cowboys Way - Fall in love with a player and want him to spend his career in a Cowboys jersey no matter if it hurts the salary cap and the team's ability to bring in new players.
Ware and Austin the two most recent glaring examples, but there have been more in the past
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