Darrelle Revis spent one season with the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday the team “made a very competitive offer” in an attempt to re-sign cornerback Darrelle Revis and “wanted to keep him,” but it simply didn’t happen.
“We thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters while speaking at the NFL owners meetings. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots — we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines.
“We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t.”
Kraft noted that there are three key members of their defense who could be facing free agency in the next 24 months — linebackers Jamie Collins and Domt’a Hightower and defensive end Chandler Jones — and that that they needed to take their situations into account.
“We just don’t think about short-term decisions. For example, next year we have three very good young defensive players coming up and we have to factor that.”
He added: “We just don’t look at this year; we look out at the next few years. We’ve done OK doing that. As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose (Revis). But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with (coach) Bill (Belichick). We have a lot of discussions, and he’s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.”
To that point, Kraft was asked if he was talked out of matching the Jets offer by Belichick.
“No. I listen to what he says,” he said. “We discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.”
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