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May 30, 2014

Patriots Rumors: Owner wants Tom Brady to retire with NE

By on 6:57 PM

Long time New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has stated very clearly that his ultimate goal is for future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to retire as a Patriot. The second round selection of QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the draft got people speculating as to whether Brady's days had an expiration date. Not so says Kraft.

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In an interview conducted on the NFL network, as reported on, Kraft didn't mince words.
"We believe that Tom has a lot of play left. The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him."
As for the rookie Garoppolo, Kraft is glad to have him, but doesn't want to see him on the field anytime soon in a real game.
"In any business, you always need disaster insurance [for] the most important thing. And now we have a young man [in Jimmy Garoppolo] that I hope he’s as good as everyone feels. I also hope he doesn’t get a chance to start for a long, long time.”
Kraft has obviously felt this way about Brady for awhile and is thankful that the organization were able to structure a deal that was beneficial to Brady (he is under contract until he turns 40 years old in 2017.), but also allows the Patriots to not deal with the dilemma that comes with a bloated contract forcing a team to part with a legend for financial reasons.
"We did something creative; he was a visionary and he allowed us to restructure his contract in a way that was good for us. I know I personally and our whole fanbase only want to see him always have that flying Elvis [Patriots logo on his helmet] or Pat Patriot if we’re doing throwbacks.”
In this age of free agency gone amok, with both players and teams having no loyalty to one another when money comes into play, what's happening in New England with Brady and Kraft is awfully refreshing.



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