It is one of the final steps in the getting-to-know you process between a team and a prospect: The private workout is one of the last chances an NFL team has to get familiar with a prospect before draft day.



Speaking at the league meetings in New Orleans, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said he hoped New England quarterback Tom Brady was “conflicted” before he made the decision to be a part of the NFL Players Association antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Bill Belichick -- in New Orleans for the annual NFL owners' meetings -- said Monday that he is not a fan of the NFL Competition Committee's new kickoff proposal, which would move the kickoffs to the 35-yard line.

 

Robert Kraft will not attend the NFL's annual meetings this week in New Orleans.

 

The Patriots owner will miss the meetings “due to a private family medical matter,” according to a team release. Club president Jonathan Kraft and Bill Belichick will both be in New Orleans this week.

 

Robert Kraft is viewed as one of the most influential owners in the NFL. He is a member of five committees -- including the management council executive committee -- and is considered a key voice in the ongoing labor negotiations with the NFLPA.

Patriots left tackle Matt Light said Saturday 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.”

Randy Moss, in an interview on Minneapolis' KFAN radio station, made it clear that he would like to return to the Patriots.

 

"If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady, I love being coached by Bill Belichick," Moss said. "Then people are saying, 'Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England.' Well, I just told y'all this is a business, man, and people have to understand the nature of the business. It's not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business."

 

"It’s modern-day slavery, you know?"

-- Adrian Peterson

What an idiot. 



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Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NFL lockout.

 

Hoping to "set the record straight," NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah took to Twitter on Tuesday to touch on a recent report that top prospects might boycott the NFL Draft. 

 

"The NFLPA is not asking anyone to 'boycott' anything," Atallah tweeted. "NFL Draft in particular.

 

According to a report from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA is planning a boycott of the NFL draft in April. The union apparently has contacted 17 top college prospects and told them not to attend the draft.

 

“As of right now, this is 100 percent happening,” Schefter quoted a source. “This is going down.”