Former Patriots defensive tackle Chad Eaton told the Dayton Daily News that Belichick would pay him to start fights during practice if things were slow.
“If practice was going slow, he’d look at me and just say, ‘It’s time,’ ” Eaton said. “He wanted me to get on somebody’s (case) and start a little fight. I was known for that and it paid off on Fridays. There’d always be some extra money in my locker. Practice players don’t make much, so I really appreciated it.”
When it comes to Belichick, I can’t say this surprises me at all and I don’t doubt for one minute that it’s true.