Re: Kraft Publicly Speaks About Welker
posted at 3/18/2013 8:14 PM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKing's comment:
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PHOENIX -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was unusually revealing Monday in lamenting receiver Wes Welker's defection to the Denver Broncos, saying the team wanted the receiver back and placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of Welker's agents.
“ Everyone in our organization wanted Wes Welker back. Anyone who doubts that, or thinks we weren't serious, just doesn't get it.
-- Robert Kraft
"We usually don't talk about contracts, but I'd like to clear up what I think is some misconceptions about the Wes situation," Kraft told reporters at the NFL annual meeting. "Everyone in our organization wanted Wes Welker back. Anyone who doubts that, or thinks we weren't serious, just doesn't get it. I've owned the team 19 years and I've known in the end we have to have certain limits and restraints. Like I've said many times, I really wanted Wes to be with us through the rest of his career, but it takes two sides to do a deal. ...
"In Wes' case, we were willing to go what we considered above his market value. For a couple years, we tried to get a long-term deal done with him. We couldn't do a deal and we wound up franchising him [in 2012] at a very high number [$9.5 million]. In retrospect, I wish we could have wrapped that into an arrangement where it was part of a longer-term deal.
"But I really believe in this case, his agents misrepresented, in their mind, what his market value was. When you come right down to the bottom line, he accepted a deal in Denver which is less money than what we offered him. In fact, he has a one-year deal in Denver for $6 million. Our last offer, before we would have even gone up and before we thought we were going into free agency, was a $10 million offer with incentives that would have earned him another $6 million if he performed the way he had the previous two years. But in Denver, he's going to count $4 million against the cap this coming year and $8 million the second year. There is no guarantee that he plays the second year there. He will get $6 million the first year. Our deal, he would have gotten $8 million the first year."
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Kraft added that he was "really sad" to see Welker sign with the Broncos and said the team only signed free-agent receiver Danny Amendola as a "second alternative."
"Wednesday, I personally got a call from Wes and he told me about this offer from Denver," Kraft said. "He called Bill [Belichick] as well. We met and we chatted. We have a lot of people, we've committed a lot of money to this inside position -- you have [Rob Gronkowski], you have [Aaron] Hernandez, you have Danny [Amendola] now -- it was just unfortunately a little bit too late.
"If he had called one day earlier, he would have been with us. And so that, is the Wes Welker story. I'm very sad about it and I wish he would have been with our team."
WAIT! Someone please let me know if I missed this part of the article or Mr. Kraft's explanation of this...
While Kraft talks about paying market value, he forgets to mention how Welker out performed his 5 year contract and they never renigotiated his "CHEAP" contract to a market value contract about half way in. Most other teams do that sort of thing.
Also, he can spin it all he wants but it was obvious that they were trying to phase out Welker last year. Then they go and sign Amendola before offering Welker a deal. Then Welker doesn't even get a market value deal. I believe the Titans offered the most, the Broncos offered the 2nd most, then the Pats. So let's just say it like it is.... The Pats offered Welker a low market value contract. It's just a big spin here... If they wanted him back, they clearly could have kept him, instead they don't budge. Take it or leave it! And thanks to that atttitude the Pats receiving core took a big hit!
Go ahead spin Doctors, start your spinning!!
BTW, how many time has Rusty told me to said just let the Welker deal go? Yet he continues to keep posting more and more threads about it! What a hypocrite!!!