Wes Welker played for the New England Patriots from 2007-2012, and even though he was fantastic while in a Patriots uniform, I don’t believe the Patriots miss Welker. Welker decided to sign with the Denver Broncos as a free agent this past offseason after a falling out with Bill Belichick. Julian Edelman and (when he was healthy) Danny Amendola successfully filled the role of slot receiver in 2013. I believe the Patriots will not cut Amendola and what the Patriots now need is a receiver who can stretch the field.
Before the AFC Championship game between New England and Denver, Patriots QB Tom Brady did not offer much insight into the status of his relationship with Welker. But this week Welker admitted he and Brady kept in touch during the 2013 season. It was on Tuesday during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day that Welker briefly talked about his relationship with Brady when speaking with the media, saying the following:
“We just text after the game and stuff like that, but he’s a good friend of mine, and we wish nothing but the best for each other.”
I have a question. Why is this news?
I’m a diehard Patriots fan who doesn’t hate or miss Welker, so how do I feel about Brady and Welker being friends?
I do not care.
As long as Brady isn’t out breaking the law and is ready to go when the 2014 season starts, I really don’t care about any aspect of his personal life. Welker didn’t have a falling out with Brady. Brady and Welker were (and apparently still are) friends. Brady wanted Welker back with the Patriots and that didn’t happen, but it wasn’t because of Brady that Welker left.
How is this any different than if a friend I work with leaves to go to another company (possibly a competitor)? If that friend and I did not have a falling out and we were friends at the time he left, wouldn’t it make sense we’d stay friends? As long as we didn’t share any sensitive information about our employers with each other would anyone care that we were still friends?
So why do people care that Brady and Welker are friends? It’s not like their relationship is affecting either of them on the field.
The Patriots played poorly in the AFC Championship game, but overall their season was very successful. I’m already looking forward to the 2014 season, and I know Brady, who is the consummate professional, will never let this or any other relationship affect his preparation or his play on the field.