Robert Kraft ‘super excited’ about free agent pickups Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Brandon LaFell
|03.24.14 at 2:03 pm ET|
ORLANDO — Even though he was among the owners Monday at the league meetings, Robert Kraft had not problem putting on his fan hat, especially when it came to talking about the acquisitions of new free agents Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell.
“Just putting my fan hat on, I’m super excited,” he said during a break in the meetings at the Ritz Carlton. “We like to think our team got better, but one thing I’ve learned over 20 years is that winning the offseason isn’t what counts. A lot of people win the offseason and you get high, with the different transactions. The great thing about the NFL, you need a lot of people, all playing a role, to succeed and get to Jerusalem on the Hill — where we all want to get in February.”
While Kraft said he had a chance to touch base with all three players, he seemed particularly excited about getting the opportunity to talk with Revis. The owner said the two talked in Florida, and he came away impressed with Revis’ commitment level.
“Here’s a young man who had his choice of going to any team in the NFL he wanted, and he came to us,” Kraft said. “He could have gotten considerable more money going to other teams, but he still came to us. I think he knows we’re committed to winning as an organization, I really believe his priority is trying to win.
“He’s really committed,” Kraft added. “His commitment to training — I know he’s gone to Arizona (to work out), and he really wants to win. Part of it, sometimes, I think young men come into the NFL and they come from modest backgrounds, financially, and they’re able to make a lot of money and it’s a turn-on. I think of myself in business, when I started out ‘¦ but then you realize what’s important and he’s tried to find a balance of making a very comfortable income, I’d say, but at the same time, he wants to win. There’s no doubt in my mind that football’s very important to him. He wants to win, and the same is true with everyone else we’ve signed in the offseason.
“There’s a wonderful attitude that’s evolved. We’ve been so close … you know, in the 20 seasons, we’ve gone to nine championship games. That’s the game before the Super Bowl. That’s almost every other year. So, anyone can’t doubt that we put winning as a priority, and I think for some players who are getting more seasoned and have made a pretty comfortable income, they want to be in the postseason. They want that legacy of being a winning football player on a winning team. I think there are some nice examples of these young men wanting to come to us. I take great pride in that.”
Kraft also touched on the recent pickup of Browner, who is still facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on PEDs. The owner said the team did its due diligence when it came to thoroughly checking into Browner’s past.
“I think we’ve done a very good job in how we’ve vetted all people we’re looking at,” Kraft said of Browner. “We’re human beings — life takes many twists and turns that none of us can fully appreciate.
“This wasn’t an individual that was violent with women or doing things that I would personally find objectionable. And there’s always two sides to a story. We’re not going to be perfect. But given the information I had, and the transaction we did, I’m comfortable, and pretty positive about him joining us. Hopefully he and Revis will be a great combination . .. not that I’m telling Bill who to start.”
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