Thursday, June 10, 2010
Kraft on 'complicated' Brady talks
By Mike Reiss
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was a guest on Sirius NFL Radio today, answering questions from co-hosts Adam Schein and Jim Miller.
Here was part of the Q&A when Kraft was asked about quarterback Tom Brady:
What is the latest with Tom Brady and his contractual situation? Have you set a deadline, or have his agents set a deadline, for when you want to get a deal done?
“Well, look, we are so lucky to have Tom Brady. He’s under contract. He’s here. I’m privileged to have a pretty special relationship with him. I think he knows how I feel about him. I think we both want to solve the problem; or the issue. I don’t know that it’s a problem. It’s complicated. But we have basically have had a policy that we keep all those conversations between the principals. So it’s not something we’re going to discuss in the media. But we’re very lucky to have him here.”
Tom is spending more time in California with his family. Is that an issue? Is that a problem? Does that surprise you, or is it overblown with fans and the news media?
“Well, I think if we had our druthers, we’d prefer that all our players would be here year round [and] work out. There is a certain chemistry with the team that develops that way. In fairness, as players mature and grow older, they have responsibilities. When Tom first joined us, he was single. He’s now married, with a child, as many of our players are. Rodney Harrison, there wasn’t a more dedicated team guy, and I remember I didn’t feel great when he went down to Atlanta and was with his family there. [But] he’d come back and man, he didn’t miss a beat. He’d kick in and play hard. So there are a lot of different; it’s hard to sit in judgment of what’s right or wrong. In the end, when he’s around, things are pretty special. We hope he’s here as much as he can be.”