Robert Kraft went on the attack, guns blazing, yesterday afternoon. It was like a father protecting his children, only this was an owner fiercely protecting his asset, a man staunchly defending his team and his Patriots brand.
In wake of enormous public outcry against the club for not re-signing popular wide receiver Wes Welker, and what Kraft considered erroneous information presented to the public by the Welker camp, the Pats owner went against type. He did the one thing people in his organization are told not to do.
He talked contract. He tossed out figures. And, he pointed fingers, casting the blame squarely on David Dunn and Welker’s representation for Welker now being a Denver Bronco.
“We usually don’t talk about contracts, but I’d like to clear up what I think is some misconceptions about the Wes situation,” Kraft told reporters attending the NFL’s annual league meetings at the Biltmore resort. “Everyone in our organization wanted Wes Welker back. Anyone who doubts that, or thinks we weren’t serious, just doesn’t get it. I’ve owned the team 19 years and I’ve known in the end we have to have certain limits and restraints. Like I’ve said many times, I really wanted Wes to be with us through the rest of his career, but it takes two sides to do a deal.”
Kraft didn’t stop there. He was incensed about reports and growing public sentiment that the team never gave Welker a fair offer, or even wanted the receiver back. He railed against the claim made by the Welker camp, via Dunn, there was no deal offered, saying that was completely “bogus.” He stated the Pats’ last offer to Welker, in fact, had incentives that would have made it a better deal than the one Welker accepted from the Broncos at two years, $12 million.
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