The Patriots decided Gilmore was worth the money and they had a lot of cap space. I think trusting Bill Belichick after 15 years he's earned trust. I don't think any of the spending they've done this offseason has been ridiculous. The Patriots aren't even done. Jimmy G or Butler will get traded for more draft picks. I also think Richard Sherman for the Patriots could still happen. I'm already in penciling on the Patriots in the AFC championship game for the 7th straight year barring a rash of significant injuries.