Kraft defends Pats' decision to deal Mankins

Kraft defends Pats' decision to deal Mankins
August 28, 2014, 9:15 pm
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In the most expansive comments from the team since Logan Mankins was dealt, team president Jonathan Kraft disputed the notion the Patriots were attempting to save money.

Speaking to 98.5 The Sports Hub on the Patriots Pregame Show ThursdayKraft said, "If you want to say that Bill (Belichick) and the football operation have our confidence because they place a value on certain positions and players and certain situations so that you never end up being fully exposed to something, where you can take a big financial hit. Yes, we try to be smart like that. But to say that we do not use all of the resources available to us just isn't accurate. If you go and look at maximization of cap space across the league or cash spending last year, I don't think you can point to anything.

"With Logan, the cap hit will be about $4 million. But I think it's safe to assume the $6 to $7 million of cap space will be fully spent and we believe it will be spent strategically and in a way to make our team a deeper, stronger team than we would be if we didn't spend it."

With Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Nate Solder, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Chandler Jones and Donta Hightower in line for new deals (or no deals) in the near future, there’s little doubt that money will be spent. If not this year – the Patriots are more than $13M under the cap – then next when the money not spent will be rolled over into 2015.

"It's important to us that when there are dollars that can be spent to strategically help your football team and give you every opportunity to win, we are going to do that,” Kraft added. “But, what we are not going to do if we can avoid it is make bad decisions or decisions that are emotional, that we perceive to be emotional that could end up costing significant amounts of money.

"And I know some of the people that must make those arguments think that it would be worth going and throwing a whole lot of money at and taking a risk on. And maybe it would pay off and maybe it wouldn't. But I think as Bill -- who has a pretty good track record in terms of running a football operation -- it's always a risk/reward situation and we are trying to balance that. But we absolutely try to maximize our cap space every year."