Did the Patriots Even Want Wes Welker Back?

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Did the Patriots really want Wes Welker back?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots are right in the middle of the most talked-about transaction thus far in free agency: Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos.

News of the transaction surfaced at just about before 5 p.m. last Wednesday night—just one day into free agency. What does it all mean?

The timeline of Welker’s decision to sign with the Broncos goes as follows: Welker and the Broncos were in “serious talks” regarding an agreement at about 2:45, per Adam Schefter. At about 4:30, Albert Breer had reported that the Broncos had offered a multi-year deal to Welker. Then lastly, shortly before 5 p.m., Welker and the Broncos had come to an agreement on a contract, per Adam Schefter.

In less than 24 hours following Welker’s and Denver’s agreement, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss published a report indicating that Welker and the Patriots had stopped contract negotiations just before the start of free agency and that New England had offered a two-year, $10 million contract that could reach $16 million through incentives. Clearly, Welker and his agent David Dunn rejected New England’s offer.

But was there an actual offer? According to Welker’s agent, via Tom E. Curran of CSNNE, the Patriots failed to make an offer to re-sign Welker and that newly signed wide receiver Danny Amendola was in the plans all along:

No offer was ever made, Dunn contends. Period…

…I asked Dunn why Welker would contend he went to Denver because he wanted to be with a winner when he was leaving a team that is 39-9 over the last three regular seasons. He returned to the notion the Patriots didn’t want Welker.

Amendola was the plan all along, he believes.

I honestly don’t believe that the Patriots actually had any intentions in re-signing Welker—he simply wasn’t in the plans moving forward.

I believe that bridges had been burned between Bill Belichick and Welker and that New England had been trying to phase Welker out for the past two seasons. Take a look at Week 1 of this past season, Julian Edelman was the starter, not Welker—if Edelman didn’t injure himself against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, then I’m not sure if Welker would have regained his starting job.

I’m not saying that it was the right or wrong move to part ways with Welker—but what I am saying is that the Patriots had no intentions in bringing back Welker.

As we sit nearly a week following Welker’s signing with the Broncos, there’s really not much more to talk about: Welker is a Bronco and Amendola is New England’s new slot receiver—it is what it is.

Only time will tell if letting Welker walk right out the front door—right into he arms of a conference rival, I might add—in favor of Amendola was the right decision.

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7 Responses to “Did the Patriots Even Want Wes Welker Back?”

  1. Waldoon says:

    Stupidest article of all time. Why would they franchise him at 9.7MM just to start idmediately phasing him out. Two seasons at 100+ receptions and a high percentage of time on offensive snaps isn’t phasing someone out of the offensive. Chad Johnson is how you phase someone out of your offense. Your conclusions based on one game that was schemed to highlight other players is repeated garbage and not worth people’s time to read. I’ve had Welker on my fantasy team the last two years and he got me a ton of points “as he was being phased out”. Come on MAN!

  2. Jim Keddy says:

    If the Patriots did want Welker back, shrinking the offer from
    2years 16 million to 2 years 10 million was a funny way to show it.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    NO, they didn’t want him back, it was obvious from the start of last season, the funny thing about it, the media was given the 52 fakeout. If anyone watched the NFL network’s program Cleveland 95′, Scott Paioli talks about dealing with stars or legends and how you have to handle those situations and this one was handled wrong. Kraft got on tv because he knew the fanbase would be upset and to take the heat off Belichick. Deep down we all knew, we have all been talking about this topic for a couple of months now.

  4. Breazy says:

    Welker was all-in a couple seasons ago, but he didn’t quite become a hero in the last playoff game of each season. Maybe BB thinks Welker had maxed out, and wanted to try something newer. I don’t know that Amendola will be what they suppose, but then again, they’ve got Gronk, Hernandez and Ballard, so maybe the slot won’t be used as much next season. What do they do with all that extra cap space now? They never overpay, and Revis, Woodson, Freeny, Abrams and company all look pretty pricey.

  5. Gezzy16 says:

    We need

  6. Vt Bill says:

    Not sure if things are ever as simple as the are explained, but I clearly get the feeling over the years that Belichek feels he is the “straw that stirs the drink”, and everyone else is a bit player. The ego can cloud your judgement, and that goes for BB and WW.
    But, hey lets move forward, draft a WR in the 2nd Round, keep Edelman, and we’ll be fine. If Shane Vereen can be a bigger role player, and they draft a couple more defenders, Pats will be a 11-14 win team again.

  7. McTash says:

    Of course the agent since has contradicted himself saying there was a take it or leave it offer on the table, which obviously they rejected. don’t forget negotiations have been ongoing for a couple years. Hard to believe those negotiations did not consist of a series of demands and offers. Bottom line is Welker’s agent overplayed their hand and misread the market. By the time they realized that it was too late. The Patriots remained very consistent with their modue operendi and philosophy they have been operating under for years and will continue to operate under. It is designed for long term success and no single player is bigget than that philosophy. Welker succumbed to the Patriots way and his and his agent delusions of being bigger than the team with a value greater than the market.

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