In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to bostatewarrior's comment:
I always thought the question was should the Pats had given Welker the 8 million for 3 years that he asked for or could the Pats replace his production for less.
Also, is Welker worth 8 million a year for three years at his age?
After the Pats franchised WW at 9.5 million did BB feel that he just got shook down and wasn't going to let it happen again?
Did Wes hurt his chances of Bill compromising by making public remarks like the one about putting it in Bill's face? If Bill put up with that it would undermine his ability to manage.
Bottom line to me is that the Pat's replaced WW's production with a guy making veteran minimum plus incentives.
If reframing the question in order to try to win a debate is the goal, keep arguing.
Did Welker want 3 years at 8mil, yep but that's not what he end up getting. You have to look at what he ended up getting from Den as the comparison for what he made this year. Then you have to factor in what the next player on the production list ended up getting since Edelman didn't replace himself. So the question is was the savings of a mil (Amendola vs Welker) this year worth the cost in production and future cap implications compared to if they signed him to begin with? In otherwords, Edelman was most likely on the team regardless of who they signed so the question is the added salaries of Amedola/Edelman compared to Welker/Edelman and what the production difference would have been otherwise you have to remove the one player who would have been the constant in Edelman for the conversation all together because they didn't sign Edelman to replace Welker they signed Amendola to replace Welker, Jonathan Kraft already has said that
Eng, consider it probable that Bill let Wes walk for calculated reasons that we have all discussed adnauseum here since back in March. That in mind, Is it possible that Bill saw Wes as a inhibitor to Julian's development to his max potential? Is it possible that Bill saw that JE would excel without Wes on the team, but saw proof that Tom was very comfy with Wes and it stunted the receiving corps' development as it was neglecting the talent pool available, i.e. JE's very average production during Wes's years on the team vs. Julian's outstanding performace this first year after Wes? Is it possible that Bill thinks that JE with DA is a better combo than ANYBODY with Wes on the PATS as it is likely that the Wes plus whoever tandem would result in the Wes Welker show, until it mattered most? Is it possible that Bill saw the incredible stats that Wes put up as insignificant if the player couldn't make THE plays that mattered most, regardless of what other players did in the same circumstances? Obviously the answer is yes to all of the above as Bill, the football genius, orchestrated all of this. See, if you are the guy, you must be the guy when it matters most because you've taken the plays and reps all season long from the rest and even stunt their development. Now we gotta hope that Tom stops being so obsessed with his favorite receiver all the time. It makes our Offense weak and oh so predictable. Regardless, from a purely physical capability stand pont, DA and JE are the better duo for the future starting right now.