AFC East: Bob Kraft
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss has posted his analysis on Pees' surprising departure after six years with the team.
Boston Globe reporter Albert Breer writes Pees has been dealing with a series of medical issues. Pees was diagnosed with prostate cancer over the summer and had surgery. A blood clot was found in his leg shortly thereafter. Pees was hospitalized with shortness of breath during the Patriots' loss to the Houston Texans in the regular-season finale.
Pees also has released a statement through the club:
"My contract with the New England Patriots will expire in a couple of weeks, and I have informed Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Coach [Bill] Belichick that I will not seek to renew it. I enjoyed my time in New England, but feel this is the right time to pursue other opportunities. I had the privilege of working with some great coaches and great players over the past six seasons and leave the Patriots with some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. In addition to the players and coaching staff, I want to thank the Kraft family, the media and the fans for all of their support."