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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been pretty busy at the NFL Annual Meeting in Arizona this week. He's told people Tom Brady wants to play for a lot longer than we thought, compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss and so much more.
Here's a quick recap of everything he's said so far.
He told Steve Tisch thought the Giants would have beaten the Patriots in Super Bowl LI had they made it:
“I could not have been happier,” Tisch said, referring to the Giants’ season. “But would I have liked to have gone deeper in the playoffs? Of course. Would I have liked to have ended up in Houston? Absolutely. Especially because Bob Kraft, after the Super Bowl, told me, ‘You would’ve beat us.’ That made me feel good. That was a nice compliment.”
Roger Goodell is welcome to attend Patriots banner raising ceremony:
“Well, I think I’ll let you all ask him that,” Pats owner Rober Kraft said yesterday. “Look, he’s commissioner in the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. And if he wanted to come, he’s welcomed to come. We’re happy we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide whether he wants to be there.”
Kraft wants to keep Malcolm Butler:
"I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick. I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us," Kraft told reporters.
"I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that on both sides."
But he'd also love a reunion with Darrelle Revis:
“I would love it. Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome if he wanted to come.”
Myers asked Kraft if there had been any contact between the Patriots and Revis and he replied, “Ask my boy,” referring to Bill Belichick.
On the Raiders impending move to Las Vegas:
“I don’t ever like to see our teams move,” Kraft began his comments to reporters on the subject, “but I was thinking back to our trying to have our own stadium and what we went through and all the machinations. The Raiders, since I came in [to the NFL], have been at the bottom of the league in terms of revenue, which has been difficult for them to do everything they want to do for their football operations. They’ve worked hard to make things work up there and it hasn’t worked out.
“Now, they have an opportunity to be a very solid, vibrant team… In the end, we’re in a competitive league, and you can’t compete at the highest level if you don’t have a first-rate stadium. I think that’s what this is really all about.”
Super Bowl LI was "vindication:"
“With three minutes to go in the third quarter, we had a 99.6 percent chance to lose, .04 to win,” Kraft said. “Our guys believed in one another, and it’s a great lesson to young people never to give up, hang with people who are good character, who put their ego at the door and come together as a team. It was just a great moment of vindication for our whole team. It was pretty cool for our fans. Our fans have been behind us unbelievable.”
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