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Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are getting along just fine

Tom Brady’s agent has yet to work out a long-term agreement with the team’s front office, but that apparently hasn’t changed Brady’s relationship with the Big Kahuna in Foxborough.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Brady spent his off day from training camp golfing with Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Cape Cod.  (We’ll assume they didn’t play Pirate’s Cove.)  We’re not going to read too much into this, but it has to be seen as a positive for Brady’s future. 

So could a deal be close?

Speaking on WEEI on Friday, former Patriots receiver Troy Brown predicted Brady would sign a contract this week.  It sounded like Brown was speculating, but he thought Brady wouldn’t want to play in Thursday’s preseason opener without a new deal.  Brown thought there would be a big push this week to hammer out an agreement. Perhaps he knew something.

We find Brady and Kraft’s close relationship interesting.  In some ways, it reminds us of when Kraft said Drew Bledsoe was “like a son” and signed him to an emotional $100 million contract.  One of Bill Belichick’s tenets is that no one is above the team, but Kraft isn’t going golfing on Sundays with James Sanders. 

Could the Patriots front office be uncomfortable with this sort of relationship during a negotiation? Or is Kraft’s job to soften any hard feelings that have built up during contract talks?

Brady isn’t about to turn into late career Drew Bledsoe on the field, so all of these unanswered questions probably don’t matter.  The key question continues to revolve around when Brady will sign his contract.  It’s looking more than ever like when, not if.

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26 Responses to “Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are getting along just fine”
  1. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 8, 2010 3:53 PM

    Absolutely correct on all accounts there Roseythal. You’ve nailed it better than Tiger. Kudos for a job well done and don’t let anyone harass you about your radio voice.

  2. shoe says: Aug 8, 2010 3:57 PM

    Kraft would prefer Tebow now at this stage in their careers.

  3. Doctor Connors says: Aug 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    At the most, his contract should be 15 million per year. Not like Forehead’s asking price of 25 mil.
    If Brady wants more, trade him to the Raiders. Brian Hoyer, aka the Hoyernator, or Brian the Lion, or Hoyer the Lawyer, is very capable of leading the Greatriots.
    The Hoyernator led the Greatriots to a touchdown during the two minute drive, 7 on 7 drills in practice. He also threw a ball in a trash can, something Brady couldn’t do.
    Any Greatriots fans from Patriots Planet reading this should know who I am. I was unfairly banned for two weeks, but I shall return to spread the legend of Brian Hoyer.

  4. sabotslugs43 says: Aug 8, 2010 4:12 PM

    I think we need to start assuming that they did play at Pirate’s cove.

  5. TexasMadDog says: Aug 8, 2010 4:26 PM

    That makes Ol’MadDog so happy he could just s^it.
    GoDallas Cowboys.

  6. patsfanlisa says: Aug 8, 2010 4:34 PM

    “Doctor Connors says:
    August 8, 2010 4:07 PM
    At the most, his contract should be 15 million per year. Not like Forehead’s asking price of 25 mil.
    If Brady wants more, trade him to the Raiders. Brian Hoyer, aka the Hoyernator, or Brian the Lion, or Hoyer the Lawyer, is very capable of leading the Greatriots.
    The Hoyernator led the Greatriots to a touchdown during the two minute drive, 7 on 7 drills in practice. He also threw a ball in a trash can, something Brady couldn’t do.
    Any Greatriots fans from Patriots Planet reading this should know who I am. I was unfairly banned for two weeks, but I shall return to spread the legend of Brian Hoyer.”
    ________________________________
    Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Leon, is that you? It’s good to know that you’re trying to spread the word somewhere else. I’m sure you’ll find some great friends here.
    p.s. Can’t wait for you to get off punishment. I miss you. Hahahahhahaha!!!!

  7. Massappeal says: Aug 8, 2010 4:34 PM

    Or is Kraft’s job to soften any hard feelings that have built up during contract talks?
    Please be more specific.

  8. Barometer says: Aug 8, 2010 4:37 PM

    Anyone who’s done a deal knows the golf course is where it happens. If Brady’s agent wasn’t a caddy, he must be sh!tting very large bricks right about now.

  9. Commish says: Aug 8, 2010 4:41 PM

    I so played a Pirates Cove last night. No Brady sightings though.

  10. TheWizard says: Aug 8, 2010 4:47 PM

    Drew Bledsoe was a damn good quarterback for that team and an even better person.
    There seems to be some revisionist history in the making regarding that.
    This Brady issue is really looking like there’s no “there” there.

  11. spudz says: Aug 8, 2010 5:18 PM

    You are right Wizard…..the Brady “story” is the biggest non story of the year…..
    Brady is a professional and knows that football is as much a business as it is a game.

  12. naz says: Aug 8, 2010 5:18 PM

    just get it done already the man is the most deserving athlete in Patriot history of a huge deal so just do it !!

  13. Mad Campah says: Aug 8, 2010 5:35 PM

    Three items of which you don’t seem to be aware Florio. First of all Kraft does not take part in contract negotiations, his comments are not posturing as you so often assume. Second, Kraft and Brady are close and have been close for many years, even before Brady was a mega-star. Third, Brady is not a spoiled child like so many athletes, he isn’t going to demand fifty cents more than Manning for example.

  14. Brick Tamland says: Aug 8, 2010 5:36 PM

    Another PFT story about Brady’s contract status that says that : 1. There’s apparently no problem between Brady and the team’s owner; 2. He and the team are working toward a new contract; 3. He seems to get along with the whole team, staff and players included; 4. He is participating as much as any other player in the pre-season.
    I am sure we will see another story with the same 4 points again in two days…and again next week…and again the week after that.

  15. Iā™„Patriots says: Aug 8, 2010 5:39 PM

    Hi Leon! Hi Lisa! Its BradysOtherWife. I do kind of miss your Hoyer man-crush. It is hysterical. When is your punishment up?
    On the Brady thing….where is the “disconnect” that Michael Silver and the Cryptkeeper reported? I thought TFB wanted to go to California.
    I can’t believe people actually bought that crap and others ran with it. I always believed a deal would get done. The golfing is a great sign! I can’t wait for the season to start!
    Lisa, thanks again for everything today! **hugs**

  16. malibumafia says: Aug 8, 2010 5:51 PM

    “One of Bill Belichick’s tenets is that no one is above the team,”…but I’m pretty sure his salary isn’t public knowledge…. he preaches no one above team, well, why don’t we know what “home town” discount he’s taking, cuz maybe if he’s the highest paid coach in the NFL that hurts his “speech” with the players in the locker room and with their agents at the negotiation table. I’m not saying, I’m just saying…
    In Bill We Trust (kinda).
    GO PATS

  17. Pastabelly says: Aug 8, 2010 5:51 PM

    Kraft isn’t stupid. Only the absolute “this team can do no wrong bandwagon” club would ever excuse them if they let Tom Brady get away at this stage of his career. If he has to overpay Brady, it will only make up for all of the years and all of the wealth the team has accumulated because Tom Brady was the quarterback. That nice little mall and those hotels around the stadium weren’t built because there’s been a decent team in Foxboro.

  18. Doctor Connors says: Aug 8, 2010 6:01 PM

    Hi Lisa and Bradysotherwife. My foolish punishment is up in five days. I’m sorry for the name calling. SOKB is still a moron, though.
    Hanging around PFT too long is bad for the soul. I must return to a Greatriots forum soon. Patsfans sucks.
    Also, Mike Florio looks like Dean Graziosi’s brother.

  19. TheWizard says: Aug 8, 2010 6:25 PM

    he preaches no one above team, well, why don’t we know what “home town” discount he’s taking
    Envy of the boss’s salary is generally not a good formula for success whether in the NFL or down at the local factory.

  20. Belichick for President says: Aug 8, 2010 6:34 PM

    Funny how a positive Patriots article gets none of the hater bullshit.

  21. numberfour says: Aug 8, 2010 7:58 PM

    what does this has to do with favre?

  22. malibumafia says: Aug 8, 2010 8:28 PM

    Envy of the boss’s salary is generally not a good formula for success whether in the NFL or down at the local factory.
    I just think its funny he preaches this but we dont know what he’s making (BTW, he’s worth whatever he is making)… ie. Brady, Mankins, everyone #1 to 53 including coaches… Does he practice what he preaches…”we” dont need to know “the boss’ salary” but does he practice what he preaches behind closed doors??? Or is it just part of the sell job?… Don’t think the players’ don’t think the same thing… just like we do with our bosses.

  23. GRpatriot says: Aug 8, 2010 9:35 PM

    Bill is the hughest paid and hardest working Coach in the league! 7.5 a year for the guy that does everything for the Patriots. Personell, FO and HC. Bill runs the entire show.
    I wonder if he was one of the guys painting the walls in Foxborough?

  24. Tom Mitchell says: Aug 8, 2010 9:51 PM

    Belichick made approximately 4.7mil a year prior to his 2007 extension. It is now estimated to be between 6 and 8mil a year. Which does put him near the top for coaches, but below many players.

  25. TheWizard says: Aug 9, 2010 5:09 PM

    Don’t think the players’ don’t think the same thing… just like we do with our bosses.
    No, we don’t.
    It’s a completely backwards mindset.

  26. BP says: Aug 10, 2010 12:23 AM

    They are discussing how much Brady should make when he’s 36, 37 or 38, not how much he should make the next two years. That’s what’s complicated. Brady and Kraft are both reasonable men. They will find a compromise that will addresses the fact Brady will be old by the last couple years of this contract, yet pay him superstar money, at least in the early going.

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