In what may go down as one of the biggest surprises of NFL free agency, the news of Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos still stings for the New England Patriots, but at the end of the day–Robert Kraft and company have nobody to blame but themselves.
Kraft spoke to the media about how disappointed he was in Welker’s decision and how he believed the wide receiver made a mistake by turning down the better offer, but if he really wanted Welker around for the long run–the Patriots could have made him a fair offer a long time ago. Instead, they took advantage of the situation by doing everything in their power to avoid giving Welker the type of deal he deserves.
Now, Welker will be catching passes from Peyton Manning instead of Tom Brady next season.
Sure, it may have seemed like a surprise to see Welker accept a two-year, $12 million deal from the Broncos when it seemed like he could have signed a better offer, but it was clear part of the reason he did this was so he could stick it to New England as an organization. For a player that caught at least 111 passes in five of the last six seasons to go along with at least 1,300 receiving yards in three of the last four–there’s a good chance the Patriots will regret taking advantage of Welker’s situation down the road.
Kraft can say whatever he wants about the Welker situation, but if he was this frustrated over the matter, he should have fixed it when he had the chance a long time ago.
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