Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Writes Letter to Roger Goodell Asking for His Draft Pick Back

Bradley Whitaker
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Just months after the whole Deflategate saga began, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft conceded his team’s 2016 first-round draft pick as part of the punishment that also handed Tom Brady a four-game suspension.

Rather than fight for the draft pick, Kraft and the organization wanted to focus their efforts on getting Brady back on the playing field. But now that Brady’s suspension has been thrown out, it seems Kraft wants to get the entire kitchen sink back.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Kraft wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking for his first-round draft pick back.

I'm not sure if empathy and Roger Goodell really go together.

Kraft apparently wrote the letter over a month ago and it doesn’t sound like Goodell is budging.

Kraft and Goodell had a cozy relationship before the PSI of Tom Brady’s balls got in the way. Is it possible for those wounds to be repaired?

I highly doubt it.

The NFL still believes Brady will serve his four-game suspension after the appeals court makes a decision this summer. As long as they’re still fighting it, don’t expect the league to give anything back to the Patriots.

The Pats could really use that first-round selection after trading away Chandler Jones just last week. And although New England has focused primarily on their offense so far this offseason, expect them to shift gears come draft time.