Last month at the NFL Annual Meeting, media had a chance to speak with Patriots owner Robert Kraft about a variety of topics, including the playing future of QB Tom Brady.
Since then, a new sports website has come to the Boston area, and today it offers the first of a two-part one-on-one interview with Kraft, who specifically addresses whether a new Brady contract is in the works.
“He’ll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft said in an interview with The Athletic. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we’ll deal with it… Me personally, I’d like to see him play as long as he can.”
TB12 is currently under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season.
Meanwhile, Brady’s training buddy, TE Rob Gronkowski, was another subject the owner discussed at last month’s meetings. Today, a CSNNE.com piece looks at how head coach Bill Belichick handled Gronkowski’s switch to Brady’s training method last year.
“The Gronk dustup was part of the landscape which led to [trainer Alex] Guerrero being exiled,” the writer explains in part. “When two of the team’s most important players are eschewing the strength coaching that the rest of the team is required to do, that’s going to go sideways with the head coach. And it did.”
A WEEI.com column goes further, saying it’s easy to sympathize with Gronkowski in the ongoing drama.
“With that being said, there’s no question Guerrero shouldn’t be bad-mouthing the team’s training staff, but that isn’t a Gronkowski issue,” the author asserts. “He shouldn’t be responsible for Guerrero’s words – that is a Belichick and Guerrero problem, and he shouldn’t have to take the heat by being chastised in front of the team because of it. The team drama aside, it’s a no-brainer to see how Gronkowski would get frustrated by Belichick being upset with him working with Guerrero and adopting the TB12 Method.”
Other media are examining New England’s on-field moves this offseason. In The Boston Globe, you’ll find an inspection of the Patriots current defensive line needs after a series of free agent moves and with the NFL Draft approaching.
The Providence Journal focuses on the Patriots running back situation at the moment.