NEW ORLEANS - Two years ago, Robert Kraft lamented the "lazy interception" Tom Brady threw early in a playoff loss to the Jets.
That description did not go over well with The Brady Camp.
Friday at the Super Bowl, the Patriots owner seemed to speak hesitantly when asked if he were concerned about the advanced age of the 35-year-old Brady.
"I think he had a remarkable year this year and I think we look at each year as it happens," Kraft said. "I'd love him to be here as long as he's productive and feels he wants to play."
Brady, who turns 36 in August, is signed through 2014. He'll make 15 million in salary and bonuses the next two years and his cap hit is 21,800,000 each year.
So unless there's another deal struck, Brady will be a 38-year-old free agent after the 2014 season.
Could Kraft ever conceive of seeing Brady play elsewhere?
"That's his choice but I would surely never like to see that happen. I think what he's done for this franchise . . . " Kraft said, his voice trailing off.
Kraft began again, "But once again, everything is a dual decision. But I think, somehow I feel he'll know when it's not right for him and I believe he loves being a Patriot and we sure love having him be part of our organization."
To date, Brady has said nothing to indicate he's wearying of the game or that retirement is imminent.