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Patriots avoiding extensions past current CBA

Since August of 2007, the Patriots re-upped with Ty Warren, the Patriots haven’t extended any of their veterans past 2010.  (After the ’10 season, the current CBA will expire.)

Patriots Robert Kraft explained the thought process behind it recently.

“We don’t know what the rules are going to be (under the next CBA),”
said Kraft. “We know our agreement is going to have to change. It’s not
sustainable the way it is now for the entire league.”

Asked if teams may be assessed luxury taxes, Kraft said, “We don’t
know what it’s going to be.”

“We don’t know what the rules will be and we
don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we could be penalized
for making poor decisions now when we don’t know what the rules are. No
one knows, we don’t know. What could happen is we don’t have any
agreement.”

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27 Responses to “Patriots avoiding extensions past current CBA”
  1. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 11, 2009 3:51 PM

    “You have to have the personality to match up with the Patriots.”

  2. dawk20db says: Aug 11, 2009 3:54 PM

    When the pats do it it’s smart. When the Eagles do it they aren’t rewarding they’re players…

  3. Filbertkiwi71 says: Aug 11, 2009 4:09 PM

    This sounds like nothing more than posturing to me. Lets just keep everything as vague as possible. If there is a player lockout, when will it happen? IMO, that seems to be the direction they are headed in.
    As for a luxury tax? I don’t see that ever happening. Aren’t the large market owners the most powerful owners? Why would they want a luxury tax? I would thing those teams wouldn’t want a salary cap or a luxury tax.
    So if there is a lockout, what will you guys cover then? Tiddly Winks competitions?

  4. pats suck, blow and cheat says: Aug 11, 2009 4:09 PM

    “And our budget for video equipment and personnel keeps rising.”

  5. whywerule says: Aug 11, 2009 4:16 PM

    When the pats do it it’s smart. When the Eagles do it they aren’t rewarding they’re players…
    Actually the Pats have been accused of not rewarding their best players for years, you know that’s a fact. Pundits, and others, have screamed when the Pats did not give Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Adam Vinatieri, Tom Brady and others what they were “worth”. Frankly I could feed my family quite well on the minimum salary the rookie free agents that make a roster receive, let alone the rest of these guys.

  6. billsfantx says: Aug 11, 2009 4:18 PM

    When Ralph Wilson said “the CBA is no good” and votes against it, he’s old and senile.
    When Robert Kraft says that the agreement has to change (even though he was STRONGLY in favor of it), he’s hailed as a genius.

  7. 18-1 says: Aug 11, 2009 4:19 PM

    “We don’t know what the rules will be and we don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we could be penalized for making poor decisions now when we don’t know what the rules are.”
    So when did the Pats start worrying what the rules are?

  8. TheVillain112 says: Aug 11, 2009 4:24 PM

    My guess would be that Kraft knows he can do cheaper deals or deals with better language for teams after the new CBA is signed.
    So why get yourself locked into contracts under the current CBA that isn’t as owner friendly?

  9. whywerule says: Aug 11, 2009 4:32 PM

    When Ralph Wilson said “the CBA is no good” and votes against it, he’s old and senile….When Robert Kraft says that the agreement has to change (even though he was STRONGLY in favor of it), he’s hailed as a genius.
    Where does it say in the blog blurb that Ralph Wilson is “senile”, or that Robert Kraft is a “genius”? Please indicate which paragraph makes either of those points.

  10. HarrisonHits says: Aug 11, 2009 4:32 PM

    “Asked if teams may be assessed luxury taxes”
    Would be a worst possible solution. That concept was tried in baseball and failed utterly. The MLB owners in the small markets were supposed to use luxury tax money on players to help make their teams competetive. Instead they have pocketed virtually every last dime and not spent it on players.
    “have screamed when the Pats did not give Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Adam Vinatieri, Tom Brady”
    Add Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and others.
    “When Robert Kraft says that the agreement has to change (even though he was STRONGLY in favor of it), he’s hailed as a genius.”
    What worked a few years ago in a strong economy will not work anymore after years of a crappy economy and faults in that agreement becoming clear.

  11. tman says: Aug 11, 2009 5:07 PM

    Any long-standing reader of the site should remember that Florio blasted Ralph pretty good for voting against the CBA. Mr. Wilson said that “he didn’t understand it” and “45 minutes was not enough time to think about it” which led to Florio and others insulting his age and intelligence. Furthermore, Mr. Florio refused to believe that others thought the CBA was a bad deal right up until the owners voted 32-0 to opt out of it. In Fall 2007, Tom Bowlen, owner of the Broncos, said “It’s no secret that we all feel the CBA was a bad deal” and Florio sarcastically said that only Bowlen, Brown, and Wilson would agree to that.
    It also appears that the closer Mr. Florio works with Peter King, the more he sucks up to both Mr. King and the Patriots. It’s not secret that Peter King has been a Patriots-homer for years. In fact, when he went to Ravens camp in 2005, Ozzie Newsome asked him if he got permission from the patriots before coming.

  12. Frank says: Aug 11, 2009 5:17 PM

    pats suck, blow and cheat says:
    August 11, 2009 4:09 PM
    “And our budget for video equipment and personnel keeps rising.”
    You are a pathetic little pissant.

  13. SixBurghDude says: Aug 11, 2009 5:21 PM

    please allow me,
    NOWHERE SPORT, BUT IT DOES SAY HERE THAT YOU’RE AN PUNK-ASS BITCH!!!

  14. Rasputin says: Aug 11, 2009 6:08 PM

    Stoolers fans are just so damn erudite.

  15. whywerule says: Aug 11, 2009 6:23 PM

    It’s not secret that Peter King has been a Patriots-homer for years….
    lol @ that comment. Patriots fans universally detest Peter King, in spite of King’s love for the Red Sox. King is no Patriots homer. King was almost as ignorant as ESPN in his coverage of video gate (yeah, we know the ESPN jackass Bill Simmons is a Pats homer); and Pats fans will never forgive ESPN or King’s ignorance for their coverage during that episode.
    fulll disclosure note: I am a Pats fan who could not care less about baseball. Of course, this post will never appear so full disclosure is unnecessary.

  16. VoxVeritas says: Aug 11, 2009 6:52 PM

    “When Ralph Wilson said “the CBA is no good” and votes against it, he’s old and senile.”
    Ralph Wilson is old and senile because… well, because he’s old and senile.
    “When Robert Kraft says that the agreement has to change (even though he was STRONGLY in favor of it), he’s hailed as a genius.”
    Um yeah, he realizes that it has to change because the players union and majority of owners want it to change. Therefore it has to change.

  17. Tomb says: Aug 11, 2009 6:59 PM

    Look at the positive side. If any of the other football teams outside of Boston want to make a documentary, Belichick already has plenty of video in his library they can use. Both a money and time saver.

  18. 8man says: Aug 11, 2009 7:19 PM

    Kraft is a pretty powerful guy in the NFL. If he’s not planning past 2010 then there is nothing currently planned for anything past 2010.
    Take that for what it’s worth. And hope the UFL expands to enough teams so that we all have some pro football league to watch.
    And since the world is supposed to end in 2012, allegedly, the 2011 Super Bowl may be that last. Doesn’t sound good to me.

  19. bbq says: Aug 11, 2009 8:42 PM

    whywerule said:
    “Actually the Pats have been accused of not rewarding their best players for years, you know that’s a fact. Pundits, and others, have screamed when the Pats did not give Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Adam Vinatieri, Tom Brady and others what they were “worth”. Frankly I could feed my family quite well on the minimum salary the rookie free agents that make a roster receive, let alone the rest of these guys.”
    Additionally, Pats players (including and ESPECIALLY Tom Brady) have continually agreed to restructure their contracts in order to make room for more/better talent on the roster.
    The Patriots conduct themselves as a team, which is one reason I really admire the organization. They’re the definition of team. It’s why they’ve been so successful.
    And I’m not a Patriots fan, I’m a Chiefs fan by the way.

  20. Backinthesaddle says: Aug 11, 2009 9:14 PM

    The Raiders and the Lions are probably the only teams NOT thinking about this.
    What Kraft said makes perfect sense. I’m a Pats fan and have been wondering about all the Patriot player contracts ending after the 2009 season. I thought it might be related to the unknown uncapped season and the unknown yet to be determined league labor situation of the very near future. I read recently that Kraft declined purchasing an English Pro Soccer franchise because he didn’t like the unstructured uncertainty of the labor agreements of that league.
    Smart man. What you do know…new contract-wise….could croak you later. Better to know the details of the new deal before committing all of your assets blindly in advance.

  21. stanjam says: Aug 11, 2009 9:15 PM

    Where does this blurb give any kind of indication that Florio thinks anyone on the Pats is a genius? It is pretty much a straight forward reporting of what was said. Some people want to hate the Pats so much that if you say anything short of hating them also, you automatically love them. There was absolutely zero opinion in this piece.

  22. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 11, 2009 11:21 PM

    VoxVeritas says: August 11, 2009 6:52 PM
    “When Ralph Wilson said “the CBA is no good” and votes against it, he’s old and senile.”
    Ralph Wilson is old and senile because… well, because he’s old and senile.
    ————————————————–
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  23. tman says: Aug 12, 2009 12:01 AM

    The only “restructuring” Tom Brady has ever done is the same as the restructuring other players around the league have done: taking bonus money to make the cap number for that year smaller.
    As for the inevitable argument that Brady is underpaid, it’s true that he’s due for a new contract and will get it next offseason after Rivers gets his in the fall. When Brady signed his current deal, though, it made him the third highest paid QB in the league at the time, which was about in line with what he was at the time.

  24. rusH1023 says: Aug 12, 2009 1:23 PM

    SixBurghDude-
    No, it doesn’t. It says I’m A punk ass bitch. Not an. Idiot.

  25. SixBurghDude says: Aug 12, 2009 2:08 PM

    the classless CHEAT also had a little “restructuring” done on his girly knee, all I’m sayin’…

  26. SixBurghDude says: Aug 12, 2009 3:00 PM

    rusH,
    my bad, haste makes waste…you are what I thought you were!

  27. nepatz11 says: Aug 14, 2009 9:54 AM

    Of all my pet peeves in sports nothing infuriates me more than ignorant Steelers fans who call the Patriots cheaters over dumb videogate.
    In fact If there was ever a franchise in the history of sports that cheated its way to championships it was a the 70′s Pittsburg Steelers. They did enough Steroids to make it so half the team ended up dead or sick by the time they were 60. And oh by the way one of the Steelers team doctors was recently fired because he bought 150,000 dollars in HGH and that is conventiently forgotten about or ignored by these losers. And yes I do work in medicine and there is no accepted indication for the use of HGH for repair of tendon injuries in elderly people that I know of.
    Meanwhile Jimmy Johnson, Mike Shanahan , Brian Billick ESPN Scouts Inc and anyone else with a brain have all said what is obvious: what the Patriots did was widespread and functionally irrelevant.
    I respect the Steelers as a franchise but if there was ever a team that cheated its way to a dynasty it was them in the 1970s. I don’t seehow a rational person can look at the data and say recording signals from the sideline is a much of an advantage when it is legal to record the same information from other locations in the stadium. They call that cheating, while glossing over the rampant steroid use and possible HGH use there own team engaged in.
    Mind boggling!

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