FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots and offensive tackle Nick Kaczur are close to finalizing a contract extension.
Nick Kaczur (Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff / File)
“I’m obviously excited because this is one of the best, if not the best, organization in football, the way you get treated from Mr. Kraft to everyone here,” Kaczur told the Boston Globe today in the team’s locker room before practice.
“I think that speaks well for what they do here, that the players like it here and like the way things go that they want to stay. It’s really exciting to know that they would like to continue working with you.”
Kaczur entered the last year of his contract and had been scheduled to earn $2.27 million in 2009. He did not detail terms of the extension that is close to being finalized, but expressed excitement about a longer stay with the team.
"To be part of this organization, it's really something else, the way things operate here," he told the Globe. "If you have a chance to stay, you want to stay with a great organization, people that treat people well. I think it speaks well for what they do here, that the players like it here, that they want to stay."
Kaczur, 30, enters his fifth season with the Patriots. He has started 49 of 54 regular-season games, plus seven playoff games. His ability to play right and left tackle increases his value to the team.
More on this story will be reported in Monday's editions of the Boston Globe.