Brooks: Welker's true worth
Wes Welker wants a new deal, but Bucky Brooks says the Pats should refrain from breaking the bank for a slot receiver. More ...
"Well we'd like to see him be a Patriot for life but it takes two sides," Kraft told Kim Jones of NFL Network Tuesday at the league meetings in Atlanta. "We're just happy he's back in the system. He's a wonderful young man, and a special guy. I think both sides would like to do a deal, but it requires intelligence and putting our team first."
"Anyone can say whatever they want. He's done a great job for us, we're always trying to do whatever we can do to put our team in the best position to win, that means balancing a lot of things, understanding what the cap is, what the cap growth is, how things fit in the system and we try to have values for every position and every player," Kraft said.
Possible translation: We aren't going to bust open our salary structure for a slot receiver. It's the Patriot Way.