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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Expects Tom Brady To Stick Around for Awhile

Patriots owner Robert Kraft gives high fives to little kids at an NFL Play 60 and Play 60+ event at Igor Elementary School in Foxborough. Courtesy of the New England Patriots

Hold off on serenading Jimmy Garoppolo as the next quarterback of the New England Patriots. At least for a little while.

Patriots team owner and chairman Robert Kraft said he hopes he doesn’t see Garoppolo play “for a long, long time” on NFL Network’s Total Access Thursday.

“From my point of view, and I think for my organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left,” Kraft said. “The way that he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains.”

This comes on the heels of Brady’s remarking to TheMMQB’s Peter King about the Patriots’ quarterback situation and drafting Garoppolo.

“I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback,” Brady said. “Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they’ve taken another quarterback either. There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything. I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”

Of course, Brady is well on the record as someone who wants to play until his 40s. He turns 37 Aug. 3.


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