I'm probably in the minority since we here don't exactly like the Patriots, but the NFL came down WAY too hard on New England in this instance. This is what I wrote concerning it: http://youngspeaksports.com/2015/05/11/nfl-lays-down-the-hammer-on-the-patriots/ In the long run, I don't believe it will hurt New England much (especially since its reward was a Super Bowl). Outside of this year, the team only loses two draft picks, which isn't a big deal considering its ability to draft in the late rounds and grab undrafted free agents. This year, in a stacked AFC East, it will make a repeat a bit harder, though. It certainly helps Miami, so I'm not complaining.