We are only hours away from the official start of NFL free agency, and rumors are abound as agents and organizations put out anonymous information to gauge interest from players and other teams. But some owners come out from behind the curtain to either try to either gain favor with the fan base, or to truly entice a free agent. The latter appears to be the case with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, as he talked about the team’s desire to resign Wes Welker with reporters in New York on Monday. Via Darren Rovell: Pats owner Robert Kraft on Wes Welker: “I love Wes Welker. I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady.” — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 11, 2013 What fans shouldn’t expect is a breaking of the bank to make that come true. Kraft’s desire to keep him around is similar to that of John Mara’s to keep Victor Cruz. Neither are going to give them a Megatron-type deal, which would then hamstring them from making other deals. Ironically, as we said yesterday, Cruz may be a fallback plan for the Patriots.