Why is it that both Robert Kraft and Wes Welker’s camps find it necessary to pin the blame on the fact that he’s no longer a New England Patriot on the other side? What’s the difference? The Broncos offered more money than the Patriots did, so Welker decided to go to Denver. Had the Patriots offered more money than Denver, he would undoubtedly still be a Patriot.
Wes Welker, just to be very clear, was our first choice to be with the team,” Kraft said Monday. “When free agency came, and his agents kept on insisting on a very high number that was beyond our number, we had to go work alternatives.”
Dear Mr. Kraft, you are full of crap. You paid Amendola significantly more than you were willing to pay Welker, so you are full of it.
And here’s statement released today from Athletes First, Welker’s representatives.
Despite Mr. Kraft’s impression to the contrary, the Patriots representatives who participated in these phone calls never indicated that the team ‘would have even gone up’ on their offer, or that these discussions occurred ‘before we thought we were going into free agency,'” the statement read. “Instead, the Patriots made it abundantly clear that their one offer was non-negotiable. Athletes First has no issue with this approach and casts no blame on either side for a deal not being consummated. However, we believe it is important that the negotiations are accurately portrayed in the media.”
Dear Athletes First, why is it important that the private negotiations you had are accurately portrayed in the media? Your client took more money from the team who offered him more. End of story, that’s it and that’s all. Are we really that concerned on whether or not Welker receives cheers or boos if/when he plays in Foxboro?
The only person who should be pissed here is Tom Brady, who took a home team discount so the team could retain All-Pro players such as Welker. Everyone else should just shut up and worry about 2013.
I’m done now, carry on…
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