Patriots owner Robert Kraft was present at every negotiating session between owners and players in recent months, and his role in the process was highlighted by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece.
"Several from the players' side singled out Patriots owner Bob Kraft for his role in getting momentum going when there was very little last spring," King writes. "As one of the key members of the players' side told me: "He told us, 'I'm not going to hope either side makes a bad deal, because then our relationship suffers, and then the whole business suffers. And my family's going to own this team for years and years. We want to see it healthy for both sides.' That registered with us. He's a real deal-maker.''