Patriots owner Robert Kraft hasn’t backed off his stance that he’d like to reach a contract agreement with receiver Wes Welker, going as far as to say he wants Welker to be a “Patriot for life” according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Kraft spoke with NFL Network on Tuesday at the league meetings in Atlanta, and his comments were similar to everything he’s been saying since the tail end of the 2011 season. Basically, Kraft wants a deal, and the two sides need to make some compromises to come to terms on one.
“Well we’d like to see him be a Patriot for life, but it takes two sides,” Kraft told NFL Network. “We’re just happy he’s back in the system. He’s a wonderful young man, and a special guy. I think both sides would like to do a deal, but it requires intelligence and putting our team first.”
Kraft was also asked about the way this thing has unfolded in the public eye over the last few weeks.
“Anyone can say whatever they want,” Kraft said. “He’s done a great job for us. We’re always trying to do whatever we can do to put our team in the best position to win. That means balancing a lot of things, understanding what the cap is, what the cap growth is, how things fit in the system and we try to have values for every position and every player.”