Jonathan Kraft hopes Brady was 'conflicted'

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Jonathan Kraft hopes Brady was 'conflicted'

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
NEW ORLEANS - Tom Brady's name gets top billing -- because, alphabetically, it's the first on the list -- on the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. That hasn't escaped the attention of Patriots' president Jonathan Kraft. Asked his reaction to seeing "Brady (et. al.) vs. NFL (et. al.)" Kraft said through a strained smile, "Look, on a personal level, myself - and I think every member of my family - feels extremely close to Tom. Id like to think Tom was conflicted before he made that decision, but youd have to talk to Tom about it."Kraft said he hasn't spoken to Brady, but theorized, "He obviously feels like, I guess, that he made a business decision that was the right thing for him. Id like to think he was conflicted in making it, but I dont know that.
"I havent talked to him about it, Kraft said, so he didnt consult me when he was making it.Kraft's counsel probably would have been to keep his name out of it. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Norris: Best/Worst picks by Patriots in 2016 NFL Draft

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Norris: Best/Worst picks by Patriots in 2016 NFL Draft

Josh Norris joins SportsNet Central to give his take on the best and worst picks from the New England Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brady remains undefeated against Father Time

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Brady remains undefeated against Father Time

The Old Man got the last laugh. Tom Brady has outlived his replacement.

Remember when Jimmy Garoppolo was selected out of that football powerhouse, Eastern Illinois in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2014 draft? That was the beginning of the end for Tom Brady, remember?

Then Brady and the Patriots got off to that horrible start in '04 when they went 2-2, culminating with that butt whipping by the Chiefs in Kansas City.Good thing that the Hooded Genius was thinking ahead by drafting his boy Jimmy G., eh? Garoppolo would learn from the wise master (Brady) and then be ready to go in a couple of years when father time would finally catch up with TB12.

Well, Father Time is still in Brady’s rear-view mirror and Garoppolo saw his replacement drafted on Friday night: Jacoby Brissett out of North Carolina State. With Brady still playing at a high level and Jimmy G.’s contract up after the 2017 season -- two years before Tom’s new deal expires -- Garoppolo's days here are numbered. He's on the market . . . and that might be a good thing for him. Replacing a legend like Brady isn't easy. Garoppolo may leave here with three years of Belichick and Brady University under his belt, headed for a less pressurized situation.

Since, the Pats picked Brady’s understudy in 2014 Brady went on to win his fourth Super Bowl and could have won his fifth if his offensive line hadn’t wilted down the stretch and his head coach had not brain camped in the Eagle and Dolphin games.

I'm surprised. Brady is the greatest quarterback off all time but even the greatest has to make way for the future. That will happen eventually to Brady.

 I think.