Robert Kraft compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots offense got a whole lot better after the team traded for Brandin Cooks the day after free agency began a few weeks ago, but Cooks’ impact may be bigger than first thought — at least according to owner Robert Kraft.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Monday, Kraft compared Cooks to Randy Moss.

“Since I’ve owned the team, the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss. He doesn’t have his height, but it looks like he has his speed,” Kraft said. “I think that’s complimentary to what we have on the team, and I’m excited about enjoying this.”

The Patriots acquired Cooks and the Saints’ fourth-round pick by giving up their first-round pick (No. 32 overall) and a third-round pick.

Kraft also spoke about new cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who the team signed to a five-year deal at the outset of free agency.

“I know our football people are very high on him,” Kraft said. “He’s a bigger man than we’ve traditionally had at that position. They did a lot of homework. I’ve actually had the chance to spend some time and chat with him and watch how he’s performed and we’re excited about him joining our team.”

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Ryan Hannable
Robert Kraft wants Bill Belichick to coach until he's 80. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft wants Bill Belichick to coach until he’s 80. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

On Monday at the NFL league meetings Robert Kraft revealed to reporters Tom Brady expects to play six or seven more years, and in the same breath revealed how long he wants Bill Belichick to coach for.

“I hope he coaches until his 80s,” Kraft said to reporters, via CSNNE. “I see Warren Buffet and Rupert Murdoch, and they’re in their mid-80s, and they’re performing at a pretty high level. We gotta keep Bill healthy.”

Belichick turns 65 next month and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, as he’s been spotted all over the country of late at pro days. He even is leaving the league meetings early because of a prior “scouting commitment.”

The last we heard of Belichick’s future was at the Super Bowl when Kraft spoke to the Washington Post on the matter.

“We have a pact that we don’t talk about that,” Kraft said. “He knows and I know. But he won’t be done this year.”

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With Darrelle Revis being a free agent and the Jets owning him $6 million for this season, it’s seen a team could get tremendous value on the cornerback by not paying him a lot of money.

Robert Kraft would welcome Darrelle Revis back to New England. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Robert Kraft would welcome Darrelle Revis back to New England. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

With Darrelle Revis being a free agent and the Jets owning him $6 million for this season, it’s seen a team could get tremendous value on the cornerback by not paying him a lot of money.

Over the last week the rumors have circulated of a possible return to New England, including one NFL personnel man being convinced it will happen.

Speaking at the NFL league meetings Monday, Robert Kraft endorsed such a move to the New York Daily News’ Gary Myers.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome if he wanted to come.”

Myers asked Kraft if there had been any contact between the Patriots and Revis and he replied, “Ask my boy,” referring to Bill Belichick.

It’s worth noting CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reported last week there hadn’t been any contact between the two sides.

Revis played 2014 with the Patriots where the team won Super Bowl XLIX, but things didn’t end smoothly with the organization as he went on a late night social media tirade against the franchise and then didn’t attend the ring party.

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After the NFL owners voted to approve the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, commissioner Roger Goodell was spotted chatting with Bill Belichick.

Thanks to Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, a photo was captured of the scene.

Wonder what the two could have been talking about? We’ll probably never know.

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A lot can happen with Malcolm Butler given his restricted free agent status, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft hopes he plays his 2017 season with the Patriots.

Robert Kraft said the Patriots' intention isn't to trade Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft said the Patriots’ intention isn’t to trade Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

A lot can happen with Malcolm Butler given his restricted free agent status, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft hopes he plays his 2017 season with the Patriots.

“We have an offer sheet out to him and we know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it [or] get the first-round draft pick,” Kraft said to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona Monday. “I’m rooting — I hope he’s with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us.

“I have a great affection for him, and he actually was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team. But there are a lot of people involved in that on both sides.”

The Patriots placed a first-round tender ($3.91 million) on Butler, which means if another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Patriots don’t match, then they would get that team’s first-round pick in return.

If Butler signs his tender, at that point he could get traded, which has been rumored following his visit with the Saints, but Kraft said the Patriots’ intention is not to trade the 27-year-old. He could also just play the 2017 season out with the Patriots for $3.91 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

“No,” Kraft replied when asked if the Patriots wanted to trade him.

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It looks like Tom Brady will be around the game a good amount longer.

After the Super Bowl, Brady told Peter King of MMQB he wanted to play until he was in his mid-40s and as of a few days ago, he told Robert Kraft he wants to play six or seven more years.

Tom Brady wants to play six, seven more years. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady wants to play six, seven more years. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Tom Brady will be around the game a good amount longer.

After the Super Bowl, Brady told Peter King of MMQB he wanted to play until he was in his mid-40s and as of a few days ago, he told Robert Kraft he wants to play six or seven more years.

Kraft shared those comments speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Monday.

“I think Tommy’s sustained excellence is just unbelievable and it’s a lifestyle,” Kraft said to reporters. “He’s in training now, it’s not like he stopped. He works out — I remember after our first Super Bowl won going down in the training room of the old Foxboro Stadium three days after we won and he’s in there with the music blaring working out. He’s really dedicated.

“The thing that is amazing about him, to this day he hasn’t changed as a human being in terms of how he relates to people, but also how he works out. The only thing that has probably changed is how he eats, how he diets. I am not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform as half as well, I guess I would do it.”

Brady will turn 40 before this next season, so it appears he wants to play until he’s 46 or 47.

This also could impact Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the team, which is an entirely different story.

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Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth are among the best at what they do and are connected through endorsement deals with Under Armour.

The two text from time-to-time and most recently the pair were part of a foursome at Augusta National, the site of the Masters, which will be played in two weeks.

Brady posted a picture on social media with the caption: Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock… #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock… #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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