Kraft on Welker: We’d like to have him around

Robert Kraft met with reporters after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual Super Bowl press conference and touched on a number of topics.

Of importance to many Patriots fans is Wes Welker and whether he and the team will be able to come to a contract agreement to keep the receiver in Foxborough a little longer.

“I’d love him to be around as well. He’s a great guy; like I said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction, and then we have to manage the lawyers and the agents, that they don’t mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us and we want him here. It’s just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent,” Kraft said.

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The Patriots’ owner was asked how long it took him to get over the team’s loss to Baltimore in the AFC Championship game, and Kraft touched his belly – “It’s hanging right here, in the pit of my stomach.”