FOXBORO, Mass. — Robert Kraft was asked Wednesday morning about contract talks with quarterback Tom Brady, and the Patriots owner responded, "We're cooking."
That's clearly a great sign during a busy week between the owner and the face of the franchise. Kraft and Brady reportedly went golfing Sunday, and they had a short conversation on the field Monday, with both walking away from each other smiling and laughing.
It's the first tangible evidence that indicates the two sides are working toward a contract extension. Brady has entered the final season of his six-year deal, and both he and Kraft have remained strategically vague during the last several months when discussing a possible contract.
Prior to Wednesday, the majority of Kraft's public comments have centered around things such as, "The team plans to have Brady around for longer than this season," and statements of similar nature. Wednesday's comments, though, insinuated the two sides are actually making progress.
Brady and Kraft have built some momentum this week as they work toward the most anticipated and important contract extension in the history of the franchise. If something gets done, you'd have to believe it will happen before Week 1 of the regular season, which gives the Patriots and Brady less than a month to iron out the parameters of a deal.
Although the Patriots media relations department has yet to clarify, there is a report that the owner didn't hear the question properly and "we're cooking" was a general reference to the team's progression in the preseason.
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