Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters that he wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reinstate the draft picks taken from the club as part of the Deflategate sanctions (link via ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss). Kraft’s letter, written over one month ago, also requested that Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension be nullified.
Goodell has said that he would consider any new information brought forward and that, in turn, could lead to the Pats’ punishment being altered. As it stands, the Patriots are set to lose their 2016 first-round pick and 2017 fourth-round pick in addition to the four-game suspension of Brady plus a $1MM fine. However, a league source says that the Patriots have “zero chance” at getting their first-round choice back, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com (via Twitter).
The NFLPA and the league went head-to-head earlier this month over Brady’s four-game ban. Around the same time, we learned that the league’s polarizing commissioner earned upwards of $34MM in 2014.
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