FOXBOROUGH -- New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said this afternoon that the organization maintains a positive relationship with Tom Brady and he is optimistic the sides will come to an agreement.
Kraft made his comments on the "Dale and Holley Show" on WEEI today. Former Patriot Troy Brown sat in as a guest host for Michael Holley.
Reports that the organization's relationship with Brady has become cold are untrue, Kraft said. This morning, Kraft said he had a "very warm and friendly" conversation with Brady.
"...[Brady's] just somebody I have a great amount of admiration for and somebody that I like a tremendous amount and is a great guy," Kraft said. "From where I sit the relationship that we've had with him and the relationship that I've had with him is the same as it's always been and if anything, it's stronger. ... I'll echo what [Patriots owner Robert Kraft] has said a bunch of times, I really believe that Tom Brady is going to be the quarterback of this team for a long time to come."
When asked why a deal has not been completed yet, Kraft said: "The realities of trying to get a contract of that magnitude and that complexity done when you truly do not know the rules of the road going forward, makes it complicated for each side to be sure that they're not doing something that dramatically impacts them from a positive perspective going forward," Kraft said. "So from a team's perspective -- without knowing the rules of the salary cap and how dollars are going to be allocated going forward and how other rules are going to work -- you want to be sure you 're not going to do something that's going to hamstring you long term.
"And from Tom's perspective, I'm think he wants to be sure that he's not leaving a tremendous amount of money or some other type of term on the table. That doesn't mean that the two sides can't work together to try to think through what those are and come up with an agreement that protects each side in virtually all of the ways that the CBA could end up playing out."
The circumstances likely are playing out with other teams across the league, Kraft said. But he added that, "I believe we'll get something done."