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Patriots say they wanted Wes Welker back for 2013 season

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The Patriots and Wes Welker couldn’t work out a deal last season and Welker ended up in Denver with Peyton Manning for the 2013 season.

The Patriots claim they offered Welker a better deal than Denver did.

New England says they offered Welker a big contract during the 2011 off-season, but Welker’s agent wanted even more money so the team ended up franchising him. Welker complained that off-season that New England was unwilling to give him a long term deal.

As we all know during the 2012 off-season Welker and New England couldn’t agree on a number.

Also, let’s be honest, there wasn’t a lot of love between Welker and the Patriots at this point either.

Jonathan Kraft gave some insight on what went on with Welker in negotiations.

“We had franchised him the season before. The idea was to try to work to a long-term deal,” said Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, via the Boston Globe. “We had actually offered Wes a deal the summer before that on a three-year basis [that] would’ve left him in a financially better place than what he’s going to end up having been in over those three years. But we were willing to do that at a certain time when his production was at a certain level, his age was at a certain level, and he was performing as a player. When we went another year into the process, we still in our head had a value that we were able to place on the player. The player and his agent thought that their value in the open market was going to be greater.”

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Welker signed a 2 year deal worth 12 million with the Denver Broncos. After the deal Welker did talk about how it was hard to play for Belichick and seemed bitter over being yelled at in front of his teammates.

“It was just kind of hard,” Welker said before the 2013 season. “One of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him But he does it to everybody, it’s the way he is.”

Robert Kraft’s son still wanted Welker back and claims the Patriots offered Welker more money than he ended up with in Denver before free agency, but his agent wanted him to test free agency and was unrealistic with the value of money on Welker in the open market.

“Going back to the consistency theme, Wes would’ve been our first choice,” Kraft said. “There was a dollar figure at that point that we weren’t willing to go beyond. And you put insurance in place by knowing what you’ll do if you can’t make a deal with that player. That involves going out and looking at the other guys in the league

“We still offered Wes before free agency started, more than he ended up getting in the open market. But once free agency started, we went out and signed Danny [Amendola] because he fit a construct that worked within our system, and we couldn’t take the risk of losing both Wes and Danny. So it really wasn’t as much about the money, it was about trying to do a deal with Wes before free agency started. His agent had a view of the world that we didn’t think was realistic.”



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