Patriots owner speaks out

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was on local sports radio WEEI today and gave a lengthy, 47-minute interview. You can listen to the entire interview here. Below are some of the noteworthy points from that interview:

  • Confirmed the signings of CB Leigh Bodden and LB Marques Murrell
  • The Patriots considered Vince Wilfork the top player in the free agent market that best fit the team, and thus aggressively worked to re-sign him
  • Disputed the opinion that the Patriots are cheap and don’t pay players, noting that the business model of signing high-priced players was applied during the ’90s and didn’t work, while creating a roster filled with depth has produced 3 Super Bowls
  • In addition, he said that the Patriots will pay for quality players
  • Has a good relationship with former Pats coach Bill Parcells, who left after being upset about not being able to “shop for the groceries”
  • Does not really have any regrets so far since he first became the owner, other than possibly not hiring Bill Belichick to coach the team in 1997 and hiring Pete Carroll instead (which was tied to Belichick’s loyalty to Parcells)
  • Feels that the Patriots will find starters in a deep upcoming draft that will help the team immediately
  • Believes that the owners and the players will reach a new CBA before next year, which would prevent a football-less 2011

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