Bill Belichick's draft-night trade with Steelers was designed to 'f— the Jets', says NFL GM
Bill Belichick's draft-night trade with Steelers was designed to 'f— the Jets', says NFL GM
Bill Belichick's draft-night trade with Steelers was designed to 'f— the Jets'

Bill Belichick just can't let go. It's been 23 years since the future Hall of Fame NFL coach left a note on a small piece of paper that said he would resign as "HC of the NYJ" after just one day. However, Belichick's actions since then would have people believing it was the Jets that turned him away.The Patriots head coach — who never revealed the reason for his resignation — continues to take aim at his AFC East foe in northern New Jersey, according to what an anonymous NFL GM told the Washington Post, despite winning six Super Bowls to the Jets' six playoff appearances since then.MORE: NFL Draft grades 2023: All 32 draft classes ranked from best (Steelers) to worst (Jets)New England was on the clock with the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft, one slot in front of the Jets – who appeared to be targeting an offensive lineman with their selection. Instead of making a pick, New England elected to trade down to No. 17 with the Steelers, who were also in search of some help in the trenches. The deal — No. 14 for No. 17 and No. 120 overall — wasn't particularly shocking for a team like the Patriots, who seem to trade down from every selection they own.The light return left some teams around the league surprised, but not the GM that spoke to the Post."They should have had to give up a [third-round pick] and not a four to move up there," the GM said. "Belichick did it just to f— the Jets. He sold low because he knew the Steelers were going to take the kid the Jets wanted to take."The Steelers would go on to select Georgia offensive tackle Broderick Jones and the Jets would pivot to defense, going with Iowa State edge rusher Will McDonald IV. One other personnel executive around the league also told the Post, "Bill will try to screw them over any chance he gets. He knew exactly what he was doing."Belichick was still able to select Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez at No. 17, while the anonymous GM said the trade left the Jets scrambling. "I think the trade totally blindsided them," they said.MORE: Reviewing Aaron Rodgers' reported wish list with the JetsIt's certainly worth noting that the Jets and Patriots would go on to make a rare trade on the final day of the NFL Draft. New York would send pick No. 112 to New England for No. 120 and No. 184. The Patriots would go on to select Maryland kicker Chad Ryland with that pick in the fourth round while the Jets opted for Pittsburgh offensive tackle Carter Warren at No. 120. A little gamesmanship from the Patriots wouldn't be shocking, especially considering they now have to compete with Aaron Rodgers as the Jets' new signal-caller. Regardless, the history is still there and the grudge still very much being held onto by the man in the hoodie up in Foxborough.

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