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Tom Brady still friends with Welker

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Tom Brady said this morning he was not surprised by Wes Welker leaving to the Denver Broncos: “I don’t think anything surprises me anymore in the NFL,” he said on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” on WEEI sports radio in Boston. “I’ve been around long enough to see things happen at different times with the greatest players of all, whether that’s Wes or Randy Moss being traded by the Raiders or Brett Favre and playing for the Jets and Vikings. That’s what happens. This is a, like I said, it’s a very tough, competitive business, and nobody appreciated Wes more than I did and what he was able to accomplish for our team. He’s moved on; he’s in a good situation with another great team and a great quarterback. We always kind of kept in touch, we always will. He’s one of my best friends.”

Brady would not go into details about his feelings being anger or disappointment in Welker joining the rival Broncos. “Of course I have feelings, but those feelings are very personal to me,” he said. “I used to get caught up in angry and disappointment, but I don’t make the decisions. These things aren’t up to me. At some point you’ve got to realize the things that are out of your control, you’ve just got to let go, focus on my job and what I need to do. The game moves on, the team moves on, there’s only so long you can dwell on the past, and at some point you’ve got to move forward. Like I said, my job for my team is to be the best quarterback and not the general manager, not the coach and not the owner,” Brady added. “It’s to try to go out there and bring my own competitiveness to the field so that those guys that I’m playing with this year can rely on me and count on me to be the best I can be.”

Brady refuted the idea he agreed to a 3 year contract extension that created $15million dollars in cap space to ensure the Patriots keep Welker: “Those aren’t my demands, I want us to field as competitive a team as we can. And I have all the trust in the world that Mr. Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and Coach Belichick do that. There’s nothing about me, I don’t say that, I’m not general manger. I can’t say, ‘I do this, you do this.’ That’s what my decision was. It was kind of a value proposition for me and wanting to be in this system with Coach Belichick and the other players that I’ve been able to play with. I think we are going to field a competitive team,” he said. “It’s been competitive thus far through the offseason conditioning and OTAs thus far. We’ve been close; we were in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the AFC championship last year, and I know we have a good team. We’ve just got to do a few more things better. Hopefully that will lead to more success.”

Brady was also asked to compare former Patriot WR Wes Welker and new Patriot WR Danny Amendola: “I think we are going to field a competitive team,” he said. “It’s been competitive thus far through the offseason conditioning and OTAs thus far. We’ve been close; we were in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the AFC championship last year, and I know we have a good team. We’ve just got to do a few more things better. Hopefully that will lead to more success.”

Brady also shared his thought teammate tight end Rob Gronkowski and his fourth surgery: “I think with any injured player, you’re always hoping they come back fresh and strong and healthy. He’s dealing with his situation, and I hope that he’s out there as soon as he can be. As soon as he’s ready, I want him out there helping the team win. He’s been battling through a long time. His mental toughness and his excitement and what he brings to the team are really unmatched. When he is healthy, I’ll be excited to have him out there. It’ll be nice to see what our offense can be when Aaron [Hernandez] is out there, Rob is out there and all the other guys that have been injured [can be] out there and can contribute fully to the team.”


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