FOXBORO -- When Patriots president Jonathan Kraft joined 98.5 The Sports Hub before Sunday's game with the Jets, it was only natural that he be asked about former Patriots corner Darrelle Revis.
Revis opted to return to the Jets this offseason, signing a deal with the Patriots rivals that was worth $70 million over five years, including $39 million guaranteed.
"He's taken the business side of his career very seriously since he's been in the league and it's hard to begrudge him that," Kraft said.
Kraft said that while they had been in discussions with Revis, the Patriots felt as though they were at a disadvantage thanks to Revis' affinity for New York City.
"There was a little bit of discussion, but he's on the record as saying New York is home to him," Kraft said. "There are some things at the end of the day that you can't compete with . . . There's absolutely no hard feelings at all. We respect him as a player and as a person off the field, and you have to respect him as a business person, too. He's really smart."