In his Monday Morning Quarterback column today, NFL writer Peter King mentions the impact that Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft had on NFL labor talks.
Kraft received kudos from several players involved in the nearly-completed talks, King writes, and the quote in the story shows that when Kraft was telling reporters that he wanted a fair deal for both sides, with the men who are invested in the game (not lawyers) talking face-to-face, he was saying the same thing behind the scenes.
One more note on this: Several from the players’ side singled out Patriots owner Bob Kraft for his role in getting momentum going when there was very little last spring. As one of the key members of the players’ side told me: “He told us, ‘I’m not going to hope either side makes a bad deal, because then our relationship suffers, and then the whole business suffers. And my family’s going to own this team for years and years. We want to see it healthy for both sides.’ That registered with us. He’s a real deal-maker.”