It appears one less Patriot will have to worry about his contract situation, as the Boston Globe is reporting tonight that fifth year offensive tackle Nick Kaczur is close to finalizing a contract extension with the team.
While terms of this deal have yet to be disclosed, hopefully it’s the start of seeing a few more players locked up before the start of the 2009 season. The Patriots currently have more than a dozen players in the last year of their contracts, which includes the likes of Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Stephen Neal, Jarvis Green, Kevin Faulk, Logan Mankins, and Stephen Goskowski as veterans who are still in line waiting for new deals.
“I’m obviously excited because this is one of the best, if not the best, organization in football, the way you get treated from Mr. Kraft to everyone here,” Kaczur told the newspaper earlier on Sunday.
“I think that speaks well for what they do here, that the players like it here and like the way things go that they want to stay. It’s really exciting to know that they would like to continue working with you.”
There has been some doubt in regards to contract extensions after owner Robert Kraft recently discussed the uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires after next season. This was a subject of contention by Wilfork that was reported earlier today, but it appears that the team was comfortable enough with the money Kaczur was looking for to move forward and reach an agreement with him.
Hopefully this may mean we’ll see some more deals reached in the coming weeks, and we’ll be able to cross a few more names off of this list.