BOSTON -- Some leftover soundbites from the Matt Light Lockout Breakfast this morning at the Liberty Hotel, with proceeds benefitting the Matt Light Foundation:
Logan Mankins (his thoughts on the Patriots possibly drafting guards)
"I don't care who they draft. They could draft three guards, for all I care, they still have to beat me out. And if they release me, someone would pay me to play for them, so I'm not too worried about that."
Matt Light (on if he's spoken with Robert Kraft regarding labor negotiations)
“I haven’t had an opportunity to speak with him. It’s one of those things where I know they’re all involved at this point and that’s the most important aspect. As long as they’re engaged and they have their stamp on this whole thing, we’ll get a deal done.”
Vince Wilfork (his thoughts on the draft)
"It's going to be kind of different this year, I think. We always go with best player available in the past, but with this year free agency all screwed up and everything, I think we have to draft for needs. We need somebody that can come in and help us right away. With that being said, there are a couple things that I think can help us as a ballclub, especially as a defense, a couple positions I think we can go attack and try to get in the draft."
Matt Light (on what the dynamic will be like with coaches once players return)
"I think a lot of guys kind of worry about that, but I can tell you one thing, the coaches are only focused on winning, even throughout this whole process. The players just want to play. I think if you put those two together in the same room, it will be business as usual, although there will be that giant elephant standing somewhere in the background."
Vince Wilfork (on if he thinks his relationship with Robert Kraft will be changed because of the labor issues)
"Business is business. You have to be able to seperate business at all times. At the end of the day, we play football. That's what we love. When it's all said and done, I hope no one holds a grudge against anyone, because sometimes things happen like this. When they do, you have to get through them the best way you can. When you resume, you're a team."
Matt Light (on Tom Brady agreeing to become a lead plaintiff in the case against the NFL)
"I think it took a lot of courage and a lot on his part from a leadership standpoint to step up and do what he did. Tom has been great through this whole process, stepping up and becoming an adocate himself. Before, when we were considered a union, it’s not an easy thing to step up and become a player rep and take on those responsibilities. He’s been there and done that, and understands the importance of it."