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Ex-Patriots DB Reveals Why Bill Belichick Trade Him

Duron Harmon of the New England Patriots reacts.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Duron Harmon #21 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This offseason has been filled with departures for the New England Patriots. Although the majority of the headlines revolved around Tom Brady, the defense lost a handful of impact players, such as Duron Harmon, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy.

New England lost Collins and Van Noy in free agency. As for Harmon, the veteran safety was shipped to Detroit in a somewhat shocking trade.

Harmon recently went on former Patriots teammates Devin and Jason McCourty's podcast called "Double Coverage." During his time on the show, he revealed Bill Belichick's reasoning for trading him to the Lions.

Not only does it sound like Harmon is at peace with Belichick's decision, he appears to respect how his former coach handled it.

Here's what Belichick told Harmon, via NBC Sports:

"(Belichick) told me, ‘Look, it's just at the point where we have to make some moves and we just paid Dev; it’s just going to be really tough to really do anything, or get anything done in free agency if we don’t do this.' "

It didn't make much sense for the Patriots to devote too much money to their secondary this offseason. After all, they gave Devin McCourty a two-year extension worth $23 million.

Harmon should be just fine in Detroit, where he'll now play for his former defensive coordinator in Matt Patricia.

The Lions have missed the postseason for three-straight years, but perhaps their recent additions can help catapult them into the playoffs.