Kraft: 'We are always spending to the cap'

Kraft: 'We are always spending to the cap'
January 31, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti on their Felger & Mazz show on Friday.

He touched upon the current state of the Patriots, and the team preparing for next season.

Kraft promises that the team is doing everything they can to put the best players out there, and made sure to note how successful the team has been over the years despite not winning a Super Bowl.

"We always are spending to the cap," Kraft said. "Because certain incentives might not come in if we don't spend to the cap, we're going to carry it over and we're going to maximize the dollars we're able to spend. It's a matter of how you commit them that really counts.

"Look at what happened this year where we had three defensive lineman who were undrafted rookie free agents. So the bottom third of your roster is so important. We'll have to go through a lot of soul searching over the next few months and try to come up with a few solutions."

Felger notes that the Ravens went all out with their salary situation and won the Super Bowl because of it.

Kraft points out that they didn't make the playoffs this year, but then reiterates that he does want to win championships.

"Nothing is more important to me personally than to win as many championships as we can win while the good Lord lets me be on this planet," Kraft said.

But Kraft also said that you can't simply stack your roster and assume that all the signings will stay healthy and work. You have to look elsewhere at times, and that's what the Patriots did when some of their star players went down.

"You can load up and do whatever you want and you don't know what's going to happen," Kraft said. "There are things that happen way beyond your control. There's injuries that happen. God forbid anybody on our team can get injured. When we started the season, we had some offensive weapons that were pretty powerful and defensive weapons, and look what happened less than half the season in, we probably lost five or six of our top players on our roster. So I think a better strategy is to try to be solid and be able to compete year in and year out."