Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the media he wants the NFL to give his team their first round pick back. New England was stripped of its first round pick as a punishment for Deflategate.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday that he wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over a month ago requesting that the league reinstate the draft picks stripped as part of the Deflategate penalties, as well as the four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, but he didn't sound optimistic it would spark a change.
Of course, the problem with this is the Patriots did not appeal the penalty when they had a chance. They accepted the league's punishment, a move which many would conclude was an admission of some culpability.
To be kind, it seems like this request is on shaky ground.
Source familiar with NFL's inner workings: "No chance, zero chance" of Patriots being given back their first-round draft pick.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) March 21, 2016
Why would there be a chance? The Patriots accepted this penalty a few months ago instead of appealing. Now it's unfair?