And while Robert Kraft has been apprised of the situation by media types like myself over and over again, the Patriots owner doesn’t really need that reminder either. But since I asked (again) …
Kraft said that he remains confident that something will get done in this regard, mostly because of the mutual interest the sides share in continuing what’s been a pretty fruitful relationship. But he added the Patriots and Brady’s camp are working under no timetable, and there isn’t a deadline to get anything finished.
“We’re very lucky to have him as our quarterback and we want him to be our quarterback for a long time into the future,” Kraft said. “Everything he represents is pretty special. He’s a winner. We’re privileged to have him a part of the New England Patriots organization.”
One roadblock often cited on this deal, and other looming bank-breaking situations (i.e. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees), has been the uncertain labor climate. Is it a factor in the Brady talks? Sure. But Kraft downplayed the idea that it could muddy the waters too much on this or any other pending deal.
“For us, it’s been business as usual,” Kraft continued, speaking in more general terms. “I can’t speak for other people. For us, it’s business as usual. You just have to be more flexible in your plan because you don’t know what the rules are gonna be going forward. That’s the only thing that tempers what we’re doing.”