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News Blitz 3/22: Kraft at NFL meetings

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Almost all the Patriots news this Tuesday is emanating from South Florida, where the NFL is holding its Annual Meeting. And while almost every media outlet that covers the team is reporting from down here, you don't need to go any further than where you are now, patriots.com, the find the most comprehensive coverage of the team. We have all of yesterday's big stories, which focus on team owner Robert Kraft, including our 1-on-1 interview with him. No other media outlet can provide you with that kind of substance.

However, some outlets have opinion pieces you might be curious to read. Let's begin with CSNNE.com, which analyzes Kraft's approach to trying to get back the team's 2016 first-round draft pick.

"This morning at the NFL Owners Meetings at the Boca Raton Resort and Golf Club, Kraft's remarks were laced with bitterness and regret," that story reads in part.

An ESPN blog post poses the question, "What could have been different" about Kraft's approach?

"This is where it gets tricky," the author concludes, "because he essentially had two options -- appeal the decision or sue the NFL. The viability of those options was questionable."

WEEI.com details a report that New England has "zero chance" of getting back its top pick this year.

The Boston Herald has an interesting feature today on Kraft's personal role in contract negotiations with Patriots players.

"Sometimes, it takes every available resource to persuade a player to sign," the writer points out. "Make no mistake, Belichick has total control of the operation, and Caserio's front-office responsibilities have increased by the year, but Kraft doesn't just bankroll the efforts. His opinion carries a great deal of weight."

Elsewhere, *The Boston Globe *takes a look at New England's defensive line roster and suggests it could be a strength of the team again in 2016.

"[T]he team has moved quickly to fill the voids and build depth, signing free agents Chris Long for the outside and Frank Kearse on the inside," the story says. "The additions may not be over, as veteran tackle Nick Fairley told reporters Monday he was in Florida to meet with Patriots officials."

Patriots.com is your source for today's live broadcast of head coach Bill Belichick's remarks at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast here at the NFL meetings. Check back later for a full recap if you can't watch it live, starting at 7:15 AM Eastern.

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