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Kraft says he’ll return from trip if deal between owners, players is close

03.07.11 at 7:42 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on a trade mission to Israel with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, said he “personally [believes] it’s possible” for the NFL owners and players to agree on a new labor deal before Friday’s deadline, and that he “might have to leave [the trip] early” and return to the United States if an agreement between the two sides is close.

“I made a commitment here, so we’re going to finish the important things we’re doing here,” Kraft told reporters while overseas. “[We're] in daily contact by phone. It’s unfortunate. We’re supposed to be settled by now. That’s [why] we planned this trip [for this week].”

Players and owners are meeting this week in Washington D.C. in hopes of preventing the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

“We’re doing everything we can to get a deal consummated,” said Kraft. “I personally believe it’s possible. … [The] good news is, it’s always good to be talking when you have differences of opinion. It’s the only way you have a chance [to reach an agreement]. So we’re talking, and I know from ownership’s side that we feel there’s a deal to be made and we’d very much like to do it.”

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