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Matt Light says he’s disappointed in Robert Kraft for missing final days of negotiations

03.20.11 at 2:59 pm ET
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Patriots left tackle Matt Light said he was disappointed that owner Robert Kraft was not present in the final hours of collective bargaining last week between the NFL players and owners.

“No doubt, 100 percent,” Light said when asked by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. “I’m not going to lie to you.”

Kraft, who was on a previously planned trade mission to Israel with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, did get updates over the phone, but that didn’t prevent some members of the players’ association from expressing disappointment that one of the most powerful men in the NFL wasn’t there during such a crucial stage of the negotiations.

“Look, again, like [Mike] Vrabel stated, like everyone else has said, we had people in that room that could get a deal done at any point. Do I know how they’re structured within the league? No, I have no clue.

“But I can tell you one thing: they [league negotiators] didn’t seem to have the ability to do any of that when they had to the leave the room, make a phone call, you guys representing the league. If it was men, I was in that model, I would have every one of my guys in those seats making sure that we had one voice and we could get a deal done,” Light said.

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