Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by pdizo916:
Originally posted by Chief:Lolz... Should of paid your best receiver after he gave you multiple 1000 yard years and helped your offense run.
This. Welker contract didn't even break the bank.......
The Patriots offer was much more $$$ if he hit the incentives.
Anyone have the contract details?
PHOENIX Thanks to the culture established by their tight-lipped head coach, the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era have been well known for their refusal to re-live the past, always choosing to focus on the future and moving ahead rather than looking back.
So much for that.
In an uncharacteristically detailed discussion of the club's failed Wes Welker free-agent contract negotiations, Patriots owner Robert Kraft held court for about 20 minutes with reporters at the NFL's annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore on Monday, claiming Welker is a Denver Bronco today because the player's agent, David Dunn, did not serve his interests well. Though Kraft's session served the purpose of a he-said, she-said exchange with Welker's representatives, the owner's primary point was Welker turned down more money in New England to sign with Denver. Initial reports had the Broncos offering $2 million more than the Patriots over the course of a two-year contract, however.
Welker accepted a two-year, $12 million contract to join the Broncos last Wednesday. Though reports were New England's offer was for $10 million over two years, Kraft said with incentives Welker could have earned $16 million in 2013-2014 with the Patriots, providing he performed comparably to his recent production level. Kraft said while Welker will earn $6 million from Denver in 2013, he could have earned $8 million in New England with incentives this season.
"In Wes's case, we were willing to go what we considered above his market value," Kraft said. "I really believe in this case, his agents misrepresented, in their mind, what his market value was. When you come right down to the bottom line, he accepted a deal in Denver which is less money than what we offered him.
"In fact, he has a one-year deal in Denver for $6 million. Our last offer
..was a $10 million offer with incentives that would have earned him another $6 million if he performed the way he had the previous two years. But in Denver, he's going to count $4 million against the cap this coming year and $8 million the second year. There is no guarantee that he plays the second year there."
True, but left unsaid by Kraft is that there is also no guarantee Welker would have realized all $6 million of incentives from the Patriots, either. If he under performs with the Broncos, Denver can release him before the 2014 season and not have to pay him the $6 million he's owed next year. The Broncos would have then had him for one season at $6 million (a $4 million signing bonus and a $2 million base salary in 2013). In New England, Welker would have only topped that $6 million this year, and thus left money on the table if he reached his incentives, which is also not a given. So in a sense, Kraft is trying to have it both ways with his logic and his re-creation of the Welker negotiations.