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Robert Kraft asked Roger Goodell for his first-rounder back

Roger Goodell, Robert Kraft


Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in accepting the team’s Deflategate penalties, said he was dropping the matter for the good of the league.

But that doesn’t mean he was done with it.

Kraft told a group of reporters at the league’s owners meetings that he wrote commissioner Roger Goodell a letter, outlining his belief that the Patriots should get their first-round pick back.

We’ve done everything we can do,” Kraft said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Kraft said he wrote the letter more than a month ago, and wouldn’t tip his hand about any response he may or may not have gotten. The league took away this year’s first and a future fourth, and fined the team $1 million.

While the league’s punishment may have stemmed from flimsy science, Kraft also understands that it’s probably unlikely they’d get the 29th pick back, and his willingness to take one for the league initially may prevent him from collecting.