Kraft's great regret with Martin

August, 3, 2012
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In a story now posted on ESPNNewYork.com, which previews running back Curtis Martin being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Rich Cimini writes on how Martin changed two franchises.

Martin's impact on the Jets is well documented. From a Patriots perspective, his departure -- signing with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in 1998 -- ultimately paved the way for a regime change.

"Probably my one regret is he got away from us," owner Robert Kraft says in the piece.

Kraft still laments at how Martin got away.

"That was what I call borderline attorney ... you know, ambulance-chaser, attorney kind of stuff," he says in the ESPNNewYork.com piece. "It was something where they took advantage. ... It was not the intent of the deal. It was clever lawyer stuff. It's not in the spirit of what the whole agreement was, and that loophole was plugged."

The next year, the NFL eliminated poison pills.

"That's now how we do business," Kraft says in the piece. "It was unfortunate. We probably should've found a way to get him signed before that. We didn't. It's one of our many mistakes."

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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