Patriots managed money well

Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick planned ahead with static salary cap in mind

Updated: March 8, 2013, 9:42 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Not long after owners and players ended the NFL lockout in 2011, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had warned that the economics of the league were changing and teams that prepared in advance would be in the best position to capitalize.

Specifically, Kraft said that the salary cap would remain relatively flat for several years. Gone were the days when clubs could rely on a dramatic spike from one year to the next to provide financial flexibility.

Not everyone bought it, ...

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