The Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently disclosed that his team had a financial discipline to adhere to and that it was this financial aspect that had cost the Patriots their star defensive player Darrelle Revis who eventually chose to sign for the Jets.
Mr. Kraft, however, expressed his content with coach Bill Belichick, who had been working miracles with the team for more than 15 years, and said he planned on doing whatever possible to keep the best coach with the Patriots for as long as he could.
Although, Mr. Kraft is aware of the added value Darrelle Revis have brought to the team, he said that the price offered was non-negotiable due to other financial strains. The Patriots owner announced that three defensive players expressed their plans to join the team next year.
During a NFL decision makers’ meeting at the Arizona Baltimore held Monday, he said that he believed the offer his team had made to Revis was “competitive.” Also, he acknowledged that the team truly wanted to keep him despite the financial “disciplines.” But it didn’t work out, so the Patriots owner is currently focused on long-term projects including preventing other valuable players from signing with the rivalry.
“We just don’t look at this year. We look out at the next few years. We’ve done OK doing that. As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose him,”
Mr. Kraft added.
He disclosed that his team was currently focusing on what was going to happen in the wall and winter. But he also expressed his hopes that coach Belichick will compensate for Revis’ loss with his extensive expertise and skills.
Mr. Kraft was the first representative of the Patriots to publicly disclose the failed negotiations with Revis and the background motives. But the Jets’ offer was hard to resist with a $70 million contract over the next five years, including $39 million guaranteed.
Patriots owner further focused on his team’s future plans and dealings for which he had saved the money from the failed Revis deal. He mentioned Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower’s 2016 options in the coming offseason, and Jamie Collins’ contract that also expires in late 2016. Additionally, Nate Solder’s deal is close to its expiration date. So, although Revis was a valuable asset, keeping all those valuable players in the team seemed more important.
However, New England Patriots already lost two outstanding players the last offseason – Vince Wilfork, who flew to the Texans, and Brandon Browner, who bolted to the Saints. The Patriots owner explained that the team had “certain disciplines” that couldn’t be broken. He also said that a team chooses what players to keep according to how it is built. But Mr. Kraft acknowledged that Wilfork’s leaving was “the hardest things that happened.”
On Monday, Mr. Kraft also provided a few hints on what was going on in the DeflateGate investigation. Although, he was quite elusive, he stated that there was no “smoking gun” in the case. DeflateGate scandal stemmed from the allegations that the New England Patriots had used under-inflated footballs when playing against the Indianapolis Colts this January.