A much subdued Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona Monday, as the last time he spoke at length it led to an eventual tampering charge against the organization for talking about Darrelle Revis who was under contract with the Patriots at the time.

Since he last spoke, when announcing the firing of Rex Ryan, the Jets signed Revis. It’s been reported the organization is being investigated for possibly tampering with Revis, with a report saying the NFL sent league officials to the Jets offices.

Johnson isn’t concerned.

“It’€™s just something the league is looking at,” he said to reporters in Arizona. “So, I’€™m not worried about anything. I’€™m worried about getting better.”

The Jets signed Revis to a five-year contract worth $70 million, including about $39 million in guaranteed money right as free agency opened. Johnson knows even with how good Revis is, you cannot win with just one player.

“We’€™re trying to get us better,” said Johnson “He’€™s one player. One player can’€™t lift a franchise.”

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Ryan Hannable

The last few years, for whatever reason, Patriots coach Bill Belichick hasn’t made the annual coaches’ picture which is snapped at the league meetings. This has caused something of a mild uproar in some circles, and sparked some absolutely ingenious Photoshop jobs in others. This year, Belichick made it — and here’s photographic proof. From the account of NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

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Christopher Price

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.

Darrelle Revis spent one season with the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

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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Christopher Price

Robert Kraft said Monday “there is no smoking gun” when it comes to the deflated football controversy that enveloped the Patriots for nearly a month earlier this year.

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft said Monday “there is no smoking gun” when it comes to the deflated football controversy that enveloped the Patriots for nearly a month earlier this year.

The Patriots owner, speaking with reporters at the league meetings in Arizona, was asked about the Deflategate scandal and the ongoing investigation, but replied by saying, “I like to worry about things I can control.”

“I know that there’s no smoking gun here. I’ve chatted with our people,” he said. “I think I said it pretty well the week before the Super Bowl. We’re worried about the 2015 season and that’s our focus.”

However, Kraft did offer a clarification of his statement during Super Bowl week. In a strongly worded press conference, he appeared to take some shots at the league and commissioner Roger Goodell over the probe.

“I want to clarify,” Kraft said. “First of all, when I spoke a week before the Super Bowl, I was speaking to the league office. (Goodell) is in charge. I think he has a pretty tough job. As a matter of fact, some of my friends say there’s two jobs they don’t want: President of the United States and commissioner of the NFL. He has a very hard job. I think he does a very fine job at what he does. It’s tough, but he needs to make sure all the people working in the system are also doing it.”

For his part, Goodell told Peter King on Monday the investigation is “getting near the end.”

He added: “The most important thing is to get the right information, to get the facts and the truth. We determined that we should bring [criminal attorney] Ted Wells to further the investigation. We haven’t given him a timetable except to be thorough, be fair and get to the truth. When he’s completed his report, that will be made public as well as to all of us.”

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Christopher Price

Fans looking to get up close and personal with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be in luck.

Salem State University announced Monday Brady will speak at the school on Thursday, May 7 as part of the University’s speaker series. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by Jim Gray.

It’s worth noting Bill Belichick spoke at the school as part of the series in 2008. Other past speakers have included: Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Maya Angelou, Bobby Valentine, Bill Russell, Doug Flutie, Jay Leno, Cal Ripken Jr. and many more.

Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.

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Ryan Hannable

It’€™s back to work for the defending Super Bowl champions.

It’€™s back to work for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Even though the Patriots official offseason workout program usually doesn’€™t start until mid- to late-April, there have been occasional sightings here and there of players around Gillette Stadium as of late. On Monday, a source indicated quarterback Tom Brady was back in the building –€” just a couple of days after being buried by his kids on the beach. In addition, according to the same source, defensive backs Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon were also present.

According to league rules, players are allowed to use the facilities at the stadium in the offseason before the official team program begins. However, they are not permitted contact with coaches during that period.

The news of Brady’s appearance was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN.

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Christopher Price

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Lorenzo Mauldin (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Lorenzo Mauldin has a knack for getting to the ball, but his size and speed raise question marks at the next level. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LORENZO MAULDIN

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Louisville

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 252 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-AAC

What he brings: Mauldin is praised for being a great tackler and having the strength and ability to take on NFL blockers. Scouts expect him to primarily be a pass rusher, but he is considered above average against the run as well. There are concerns that his size will limit his performance in run defense. He doesn’t have great speed, but experts like his ability to find holes to reach the quarterback or ball carrier.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: ESPN.com ranks Mauldin as the 11th linebacker and 89th overall in the draft. He recorded 45 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2014. He has missed several games throughout his career with a few injuries, including a partially torn MCL and a shoulder issue that required offseason surgery in 2014.

Related articles:

Stack.com: Mauldin’s journey to the NFL draft

ESPN.com: Mauldin overcomes hardship to achieve success

Video: Mauldin records five tackles and sack against Virginia in September 2014.

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Nik Beimler