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Robert Kraft on Tom Brady: "He's going to be here"

Patriots owner Robert Kraft insists that Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere, despite speculation in some quarters that the team and the player are far apart in their expectations for Brady’s next contract.

He’s going to be here,” Kraft told Judy Battista of the New York Times. “I love the guy.  We’re so lucky to have him.  I have an emotional attachment because I remember him coming in as the fourth quarterback, being a skinny beanpole of a kid.”

But while Kraft obviously has a lot of affection for Brady and is willing to pay him a lot of money, Battista writes that the Patriots will not pay Brady the kind of money that the Colts are likely to pay Peyton Manning, who like Brady is going into the final season of his contract.

If that’s true, Kraft has no way of guaranteeing that Brady will remain with the Patriots. Brady could point out that he’s won three times as many Super Bowl rings as Manning and insist that he won’t sign for a penny less than Manning gets from the Colts, and that could lead to an impasse between Brady and the Patriots.

But Kraft insists that Brady will be in New England for years to come.

“In my mind, he will be,” Kraft said.  “One way or another.  I believe he wants to be here. We want him here.  We have a complicated situation we’re dealing with.  There are a lot of forces at work.  One way or another it will work out.”

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  1. Patsfansince73 says: Jul 30, 2010 7:37 AM

    Queue the haters gay jokes in 3, 2, 1……
    Here are the realities regarding all of this:
    1 – Kraft is being honest and will give Brady a very respectable offer to stay with the team.
    2 – Kraft will not give insane money like the Manning sisters are demanding to get.
    3 – Tom isn’t after insane money. He is one of the most intelligent (if not the most) marque players the league has ever had. He knows that if too much is spent in one place, that takes away from what can be spent in another. He’s not about being paid the most, but all about winning. So he will take the “home town discount” (as some like to call it) to ensure that he has the players around him that will help in achieving the ultimate goal – winning.
    4 – Another thing to remember (for those of you in the dark) his wife (as of today) makes an average of 5X more than he does every year. So money is not as much of a factor in his situation as it is for others. And unlike the Manning sisters and other “it’s all about me” jocks in the world, Brady doesn’t need his ego stroked by have the biggest contract out there.
    5 – The only caveat to all this is the fact that Tom is now a family guy. Does he want to spend more time with them out on the left coast? If so, maybe he won’t take what is offered and this would be his last year in New England. If that is the case though, it doesn’t matter where he goes from there, his career is over because he will have decided that football is not the priority in his life anymore. And no, I’m not saying that the game is more important than family. Right now he can still commit a handful of years to the game, then he can leave and make a full time commitment to be a family man for the rest of his life.
    The bottom line is that this has been a really great marriage between player and organization. I don’t see that changing any time soon.
    I’m sure that the haters will have all their childish comments to add here. Say all you want, but the reality is that Tom and the Patriots are here to stay for a while. It is a rebuilding year and even with that being said, they are legitimate contenders to take it all. That is the real truth and reality so deal with it haters….

  2. pfinfl says: Jul 30, 2010 7:52 AM

    Patriots will not pay Brady the kind of money that the Colts are likely to pay Peyton Manning, who like Brady is going into the final season of his contract.
    ================
    They don’t need to. Manning is the best and all parties know that. The question is will Manning’s contract allow the Colts to field a championship team? If he is paid too well the Pats will be stuck having to persuade Brady to sign at a deep discount (as opposed to a discount) to Manning so that he can double his rings. That’s where the discusssion will get interesting.

  3. redsquare says: Jul 30, 2010 7:53 AM

    Patriots this season = Cleveland Cavaliers this past season. A team that will perform well on the surface, but with a hidden fatal flaw – a central star who isn’t really motivated to be there.

  4. Batman says: Jul 30, 2010 8:09 AM

    Lets go Haters. Come on..your turn to say things like….”Why doesnt he cheat to get him paid”…something like that. I wont even comment on the story. I am waiting to see all the haters mumble like morons.

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Jul 30, 2010 8:11 AM

    Tom Brady on Robert Kraft: “F*ck you, pay me” Seriously, the dude’s married to a supermodel who’s worth about $200 mil, why tempt fate? Pay up cheese man.

  6. jram says: Jul 30, 2010 8:28 AM

    I know Pats fans don’t like to hear it but the truth is the Patriots know Brady is not as good as his numbers before they got caught cheating and they are not likely to pay him top QB money. Like it or not, there is a huge advantage for a QB that knows what the defense is bringing. It’s always an advantage but just think about how it works on hurry up downs. The communication between the QB and OC is still on while the defense is signaling in their plays and Brady was being told exactly what the D had on. He will never be as effective a QB as he was before they no longer had a book on every NFL team’s defense they ever played. He is just not that good. Period.

  7. 5150cd says: Jul 30, 2010 8:32 AM

    WOW! Three times as many rings! That must be a lot!
    Oh….Only two more.
    THREE TIMES!

  8. Brady-mancrush says: Jul 30, 2010 8:40 AM

    jram says:
    July 30, 2010 8:28 AM
    I know Pats fans don’t like to hear it but the truth is the Patriots know Brady is not as good as his numbers before they got caught cheating and they are not likely to pay him top QB money.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Patriots were “caught’ after the first game of the 2007 season against the Jets… after the that, with the entire world, haters,media and NFL brass watching, Brady went on to have his best statistical year of his career. So , for all you haters to say that he didnt do anything after he got caught is to show that you are ……
    A) Being intellectually dishonest
    B) A hater
    or, most likley
    C) Very ignorant of football or life in general

  9. Ufanforreal says: Jul 30, 2010 8:43 AM

    # Batman says: July 30, 2010 8:09 AM
    Lets go Haters. Come on..your turn to say things like….”Why doesnt he cheat to get him paid”…something like that. I wont even comment on the story. I am waiting to see all the haters mumble like morons.
    —————————————————–
    Don’t have to you’re doing a great job all by yourself, and you call yourself a Pats fan how shameful. LMAO.

  10. EB3110 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:48 AM

    Right on cue.
    So tell me, jram, what do you make of the 47 touchdowns Brady threw after game 1 of the 2007 season when any tapes were confiscated and Brady stopped getting fed info?

  11. Iron Wolf says: Jul 30, 2010 8:49 AM

    Keep telling yourself that jram if that makes you feel better. Brady just had the 2nd best statistical season of his career and played most of the 2nd half of the season with 3 broken ribs and a broken finger. Brady is as professional as it gets. Are the Pats a real championship contender now? No, but bad drafting and the loss of special veteran players are the reasons. Brady is the last place you’d look when you try to figure out what’s wrong with the Pats.

  12. jram says: Jul 30, 2010 9:01 AM

    Hey football genius, you the one with the gay display name, enjoy 2007 but the truth is teams did not change their entire defensive play calling that year while the investigation was going on. They have all done it by now and that is why the Pats and Brady are back down to earth. Why do you think they lost a first round pick (should have been more) they cheated, it was a tainted dynasty, get over it.

  13. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jul 30, 2010 9:02 AM

    jram says:
    July 30, 2010 8:28 AM
    I know Pats fans don’t like to hear it but the truth is the Patriots know Brady is not as good as his numbers before they got caught cheating and they are not likely to pay him top QB money.
    ______________
    Cheating? You mean having a camera in an improper location? Also, you do know that stealing defensive signals IS NOT against the rules, right? But hey, why let facts get in the way of your little fantasy about why whatever team you root for lost, right?

  14. Bird Man says: Jul 30, 2010 9:04 AM

    Several “coulds” in this post. Anything COULD happen.

  15. Bell63 says: Jul 30, 2010 9:06 AM

    # Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: July 30, 2010 8:11 AM
    Tom Brady on Robert Kraft: “F*ck you, pay me” Seriously, the dude’s married to a supermodel who’s worth about $200 mil, why tempt fate? Pay up cheese man.
    ————————————————–
    I hope you don’t actually think Bob Kraft has any connection to Kraft foods.

  16. ampats says: Jul 30, 2010 9:08 AM

    Bradymancrush,
    C is the correct answer. jram continues to embarrass it self as I have NEVER seen any post it has made that even remotely makes any sense.
    Being an idiot and posting stupidity seems to be its greatest strength.
    BUT, if in its screen name exhibits its favorite team , then what you can you expect ??
    Maybe before jretard makes another post, it will look up some statistics before making itself look like a moron which it is.

  17. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 30, 2010 9:23 AM

    Loving you…….

  18. daddy_lover says: Jul 30, 2010 9:24 AM

    I don’t care what anybody else says, Tom Brady is the best QB in the league.

  19. roofdog69 says: Jul 30, 2010 9:29 AM

    Dr Noisewater Kraft is in packaging not cheese moron

  20. joetoronto says: Jul 30, 2010 9:40 AM

    armpits: Your team is screwed, just ask your daddy.

  21. nutnbutnet says: Jul 30, 2010 9:55 AM

    Tom Brady, quarterback of the San Antonio Vikings.

  22. bow_to_the_pats says: Jul 30, 2010 9:57 AM

    jram says:
    July 30, 2010 8:28 AM
    I know Pats fans don’t like to hear it but the truth is the Patriots know Brady is not as good as his numbers before they got caught cheating and they are not likely to pay him top QB money. Like it or not, there is a huge advantage for a QB that knows what the defense is bringing. It’s always an advantage but just think about how it works on hurry up downs. The communication between the QB and OC is still on while the defense is signaling in their plays and Brady was being told exactly what the D had on. He will never be as effective a QB as he was before they no longer had a book on every NFL team’s defense they ever played. He is just not that good. Period.
    ____________________________
    You’re right, he only threw 47 of his 50 TD’s after the Pats were caught in 2007.

  23. Batman says: Jul 30, 2010 10:09 AM

    AFTER the “cheating” they went 16-0 in the regular season. AFTER teams changed their defensive signals. So..um..yeah.
    JRAM..you are retarded.
    I love it though. All teams steal signals. Like the Patriots. But they were successful. Unlike most other teams. The haters all have to hate the best right? It makes you feel cozy?
    Jets fans…YOUR TEAM STEALS SIGNALS TOO!!!..just werent caught. Yet..you still fail.

  24. BRUTUS9448 says: Jul 30, 2010 10:43 AM

    Kraft money talks and you know what walks. You have to pay the man like peyton or someone else will.

  25. CKL says: Jul 30, 2010 10:48 AM

    I honestly don’t get the whole “his wife makes so much money that it doesn’t matter that much” thing. Since when do most people value their spouse’s paycheck as their own accomplishment ? I mean I personally have never thought, “Man I worked my butt off but my spouse makes enough money that I don’t care if I get paid fairly for my own work or not?”Not I.

  26. Ytsejamer1 says: Jul 30, 2010 10:58 AM

    They’d be smart to lock Brady up before the Colts set the market with Manning’s deal. The Colts aren’t shy about putting 60-70% of the payroll on the offensive side of the ball. The Pats likely on average, subscribe to a different percentage…so they’d better nut up soon and make Brady happy before the Colts get in there and force their hand…so to speak.

  27. I♥Patriots says: Jul 30, 2010 11:02 AM

    Wow, I just don’t have the energy to set the morons on this board straight today.
    Like it or not BB is one of the best coaches of all time, Kraft is a great owner and Brady is a future HOF’er. Keep writing the Pats off. You people will all be sadly mistaken.
    Hate on haters. People hate things that they are jealous of.

  28. toe-to-toe bird law says: Jul 30, 2010 11:27 AM

    There’s no knocking Brady’s past accomplishments, but I truly believe the man’s best days are behind him. Does anyone remember his performance in the playoff loss to the Ravens last year? Ick. Couple that with the emerging potential of AFC teams like the Jets, Bengals, Ravens and Chargers, not to mention the perennial playoff-bound Colts, and hope for Brady’s future success surely looks dim.

  29. Brady-mancrush says: Jul 30, 2010 12:27 PM

    @ toe to toe bird law
    I think of the teams you named, the Ravens are more of a concern for me. The addition of Boldin gives Mason help and another target for Flacco to throw to.
    But, I wouldnt count out NE just yet…. Belichick is still the best coach in the NFL

  30. SeriousRadio says: Jul 30, 2010 9:55 PM

    It’s really funny to see all the hating Pat fans accuse others of being haters before anything is even said. What many Pat fans haven’t learned yet ( even when they are sober) is that there are legions of Pat fans all around New England who are embarrassed by the internet antics and trash-mouth behavior of large numbers of the immature loser Pat fans who apparently have no life outside of their computer or couch. Non Pat fans smile when they remember the collective nervous breakdown those fans suffered when the Pats lost to the Giants in the Superbowl. A group of them were circulating a petition to have the NFL replay the end of the game because they claimed the referees gave the Giants unauthorized extra time during their final drive. They were in such a state of denial for months that the internet was actually quiet and peaceful for awhile. But they come back regularly to trash the Phins and Jet fans because they HAVE to believe that there will someday be another SB victory while they are still alive. Good luck on that.

  31. Ron says: Jul 31, 2010 9:22 AM

    Okay, folks, just pay Tom and let’s get this behind us. We need to FOCUS on the game and winning, winning, winning — WON!!!!!! Tom is probably THE most intelligent player in the NFL, and I am quite sure he knows what he is doing and where he is going and wants to go. Back off and let the man breathe.

  32. BP says: Aug 1, 2010 11:33 PM

    Kraft will pay Brady HUGE money, if Brady insists on that. Because unlike most of the collection of retards that post here, Kraft knows Brady is the best QB in the league. He drives his team for go ahead scores when it’s on the line in the Super Bowl. He doesn’t throw the game away. Kraft isn’t overly impressed with regular season stats piled up in a dome and nice weather. He also knows the bottom line is winning the championship, not padding passing stats in a league Polian gelded with his sissy contact rules.
    The reality is, for all you nitwits out there, that the Pat’s defense had been the culprit in the disappointments of the last few years.
    Oh, is Manning signed yet? What’s the holdup?

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