When the New England Patriots traded Ellis Hobbs to the Philadelphia Eagles, it caught most people by surprise.
Andy Reid insisted that the Eagles' acquisition of cornerback Ellis Hobbs had nothing to do with Sheldon Brown's demand for a trade.
"You can't have enough corners in this league," he said. "We wanted to make sure we addressed that and brought in a veteran player. It had nothing to do with Sheldon's situation."
Hobbs started 49 games over the last four years for the Patriots.
Hobbs never saw it coming. The Patriots dealt Hobbs to the Eagles in exchange for two draft picks on Day Two of the Draft, one day after Hobbs attended teammate Vince Wilfork's Draft day party at PiNZ Entertainment in MIlford, MA.
"Personally, I think it's shocking because you've been playing so many years for an organization," Hobbs said. "Had some success and doing your thing, but on the other side it's a business. I had been telling my family members for a while; I just had a feeling.
"Then you kind of feel things out, you see how the organization is making moves throughout the offseason. You figure that something is going to shake, you just never know when, but when I got the call no bad blood, no hard feelings. It is what it is and I'm excited to be playing for the Eagles now."
The Hobbs fallout didn't end with his teleconference with the Philadelphia media, he also weighed in on Sporting News Radio Monday.
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--Bill Belichick admitted there was "no chance" the Patriots could've moved up into the top 10 on Day One of the 2009 NFL Draft, which is why they traded out of the first round.
Belichick, nonetheless, is happy with the selection of Oregon safety Patrick Chung, who is billed as a hard-hitter -- just what the secondary needs if Rodney Harrison retires or plays elsewhere in 2009.
"He had a ton of production at Oregon," Belichick said. "He's a good solid player against the run and pass. He can play man coverage, he's good in the kicking game. He's a strong player on all three levels of the field."
--By trading out of the first round, the Patriots saved money with more second- and third-round picks. Not having to pay first-round money to a big-time prospect allowed them to stockpile more picks and build depth with second-tier draftees.
Even with all the wheeling and dealing and the lack of a big-name player on their final board, the Patriots still managed to acquire eight of the top 97 players, which wouldn't have been possible without making a few trades early Saturday afternoon.
"Overall it was about evaluating the entire draft," Belichick said. "As I said earlier in the week, it's sort of like preparing for a final exam. There's a lot of information to study and you never know exactly what you're going to have to know. You try to get a sense of where everybody will go."
They Said It: "We had a lot of good years together, my offense and I, so it was a lot of fun. Other guys chipped in too, it wasn't just me, but I seem to get pegged as a comedian." -- Rich Ohrnberger on his reputation as a lighthearted player.