2016 was always going to be an eventful off-season for the New England Patriots - but it's not for good reasons.
As the NFL continue to deal with the fallout of the Deflategate controversy from the 2015 AFC Championship game, the subject looks set to rear it's ugly head once again.
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The team were slapped with a fine and had future draft picks taken off of them - including their first round pick this year while quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games.
While Brady's suspension was overturned, the Patriots never got their draft picks back but it looks like that is owner Robert Kraft's next goal.
A lot of new evidence about the case has come to light in the time since the verdict was cast and it all seems to point in the Patriots favour.
Kraft has now confirmed that he contacted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell roughly a month ago to ask for his team's draft picks back.
When speaking about why he thought his team deserve their draft picks back, Kraft said:
"I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there,"
The question is, why has Kraft waited until now to reveal that he contacted Goodell?
It has been well noted over the last few weeks that New England head coach Bill Belichick has been attending multiple pro-days at some of the biggest colleges.
The Patriots remained largely silent upon the opening of free agency and Kraft's sudden announcement seems to suggest that the Patriots have someone in mind.
If they are desperate to draft a certain college prospect, they will surely be hoping that they can get their first round pick back to avoid him landing with one of their rivals.
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