Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday he thinks a deal is close with franchised DT Vince Wilfork, according to a transcript posted on Comcast Sports Net New England’s Web site.
“Vince was a priority. And we worked very hard and I think both sides have worked hard and I think we’re close and I hope we close something but in the end, he was our priority, the first priority,” Kraft said. “We have a number of other deals we’ve got to do. We’re going about building our team and I hope in this process we get to close this out. I know he’s a very important part of our team and I think we made an offer that can hopefully get it done.”
Kraft, in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, also touched upon a Boston Herald report earlier this week in which Patriots receiver Randy Moss said he does not expect the Patriots to give him a new contract after his deal is up following the 2010 season. Moss told reporters, “…the Patriots don’t really pay. So when I got my second contract from them, that was a blessing in disguise.”
Moss’ comments were taken as a shot at the organization, but Kraft didn’t see it that way.
“I didn’t interpret what he said as anti-Patriot,” Kraft said of Moss. “He’s a smart businessman too. He’s getting himself positioned too.”
While on the subject of contracts, Kraft also spoke about QB Tom Brady, whose deal is also set to expire after the 2010 season. While he didn’t offer much on the progress of contract talks, he suggested signing Brady to a new deal was also a priority.
“There’ll be a time that we’ll discuss Tom Brady full-time,” Kraft said. “We’re pretty lucky to have him here in New England. And thank goodness that all the gurus that helped make (198 players get drafted ahead of Brady).”