Robert Kraft took time out his busy day to say all the glowing things he could about Wes Welker in an interview with ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Kraft threw around statements like, “”I love Wes Welker” and “[I hope Wes Welker] remains a Patriot for life, just like Tom Brady.”
But unlike with Brady, Kraft hasn’t been thinking about a deal for Welker that “he thought could work for both sides.” In fact it’s not even clear if Kraft and has ever thought about deal for Welker. Because despite all the lip service, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the Patriots haven’t even offered Welker a contract. Not even a proposal to get negotiations started.
You guys won’t believe this: I said Wes Welker was waiting for the Patriots last offer. Received a correction: Actually their 1st offer
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2013
It’s not like the fact that Welker wants to get paid has been sprung on to the Patriots out of the blue. We saw this same process play out a year ago which ended in Welker being franchise tagged.
But this year is different. The deadline to franchise a player has passed and the Patriots decided against using it again on Welker. So either the Patriots or just slowing playing Welker or his days are numbered in New England.
If you ask us, we think it’s the latter.