Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (how weird is it to say that?) was supposed to re-sign with the New England Patriots and finish out his career in Foxboro, but things don’t turn out this way. Blame whoever you want, because that’s almost irrelevant at this point in time. The Patriots played it safe and are moving on with Danny Amendola in the slot, but it’s still interesting to hear what Wes Welker has to say about what went down. We’ve heard a lot from Robert Kraft, Welker’s agents, and writers, so here’s a little snippet from an interview Welker did on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike.
When asked if things got personal during negotiations with the Pats Welker stated, “No, I don’t think so. I think a lot of it is just business. It’s kind of the unfortunate part of the business, but it is what it is. You try to find what works for you, as far as financially and as a player and everything else. I think at the end of the day, fortunately or unfortunately, it kind of just worked out the way it did.”
A reader of the site emailed me about this interview and wrote, “Joe, I don’t buy what Welker is trying to sell based on his diction here. He used works and phrases like ‘think’, ‘fortunately or unfortunately’, ‘it kind of just worked out the way it did’, and even ‘it is what it is.’”
I honestly think it was a classic “it is what it is” type situation for the Patriots and Welker, but you will be forgiven if you think what Welker stated in the interview was insincere. I’m not going to hold anything against him or the Patriots organization, because that really is how the business goes.
Welker added that he is getting used to being introduced as a receiver for the Denver Broncos, which is something that I will almost certainly never get used to. What I will get used to is the fact that Wes Welker is no longer a member of the New England Patriots but Danny Amendola is.
What do you guys think about the Welker interview? I’m just spitballing here, but I think the majority of you still like him but don’t care what he has to say anymore. I kind of do, only because we haven’t heard much of anything from Welker.
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