When asked by Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi if he felt undervalued and underappreciated by the Patriots, Wes Welker replied: "I think that's all relative. I'm a Denver Bronco now and I'm excited about it. I'm really not looking in the past . . . Just looking to look forward."

And that guarded answer was as close as Welker got to reflecting on how he truly felt about the Pats during his introductory Broncos' press conference on Thursday. The rest was a list of cliches that would have done Bill Belichick proud: He thanked the New England fans for their support, thanked the organization for the opportunities he received, and said that he and Belichick wished each other the best and parted on good terms.

The hardest part of leaving Foxboro, he admitted, was "leaving Tom [Brady]."

The rest of it was excitement about joining the Broncos, to whom he said he actually pitched his services. When asked what he told Denver boss John Elway while seeking a job, Welker said: "That I want to win. That, above everything. We'd figure out the money part and all that stuff later."