For the first time since ESPN published a story detailing a power struggle within the Patriots organization between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft, the Patriots owner has spoken.
Kraft spoke with MMQB’s Peter King and disputed Seth Wickersham’s report in the piece which said he had an extended meeting with Belichick about the quarterback situation and it ended with Kraft mandating Garoppolo be traded.
“A total fabrication and fiction. I am telling you, it’s fiction,” Kraft told King.
The Patriots owner detailed how the Garoppolo trade went down from his perspective.
“Until Monday at the trade deadline—I believe that was Oct. 30—the last time I talked to Bill about Jimmy’s situation was in a group with Bill, [team president] Jonathan [Kraft], [director of player personnel] Nick Caserio … a small group of us, I think in June,” Kraft said. “That is the last time I talked to Bill about it. I would see Nick occasionally and say, ‘Anything going on?’
“I assumed once the season started, we’d talk again at the end of the season about it. The next time I spoke with Bill about it was the Monday before the trade deadline. He called me on that Monday and said he got a deal with San Francisco, Jimmy for a second-round pick and [quarterback] Brian Hoyer. Turns out they had to cut Hoyer and then we got him. But really, this was basically a second-round pick and Brian Hoyer for Jimmy. Bill asked me if I was OK with this. I was really taken aback a little bit. I wanted to think about it. I talked to Jonathan, who was okay with it, and I called Bill back