Wes Welker has finally had the time to sit and have dinner with his new best friend, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. He also stated in an ESPN Radio interview Wednesday that he has spoken with his old best friend, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
While Welker may chalk his decision to leave the Patriots as “just business,” I am not sure if many actually will believe that. We all saw how the relationship between Welker and the Patriots had dwindled over the past year and a half.
We also know that Bill Belichick is not adverse to allowing aging all-stars to leave his team for other opportunities so he can stay under the salary cap because his “system” works as long as he has a breathing body on the field. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have, arguably, one of the best quarterbacks to ever take the field in the NFL.
Welker stated on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that he had dinner with Manning in Miami, and that “we just kind of caught up and talked about the year and different things about the offense and stuff like that. I’ll be working with him next week and start to get that process going.”
When asked about Brady, Welker was more curt and direct saying, “Tom’s one of my good friends, and we stay in contact quite often.”
This does not sound as if they are very good friends, and it seems as if the breakup was harder than either of them would lead us to believe.
The good thing about going from Brady to Manning is that they are similar “system” quarterbacks that know how to read defenses and protect their wide receivers from unfortunate situations.
With Welker on the outs in New England, it is safe to say that this was more than just a business decision. The All-Pro wide receiver had no choice but to make a move, as he was no longer needed on the Patriots.
One thing to be sure of when it comes to Welker is that he will be out to prove to the Patriots that he can still play at a great level. What he doesn’t understand, however, is that the Patriots just do not care. Just ask the countless veterans they have released when age, not performance, became a factor.