Owner Robert Kraft says Patriots made better offer to Wes Welker
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) returns a punt during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. The Denver Broncos have found a new target for Peyton Manning, agreeing to a two-year deal with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Purchase photo reprints »
Newly acquired Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker speaks at an NFL football news conference announcing his $12 million, two-year contract, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Purchase photo reprints »
PHOENIX (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his team’s contract offer to Wes Welker was better than what the receiver got in Denver.
Kraft also says Welker’s agent, David Dunn, “misrepresented” Welker’s market value.
When asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being upset that Welker left after Brady reworked his own contract, Kraft adds Monday: “I don’t answer to Tom Brady. He’s an important member of the team and we chatted. He has never put a demand” on the Patriots.
Welker got a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos. Kraft says Welker could have received $8 million in the first year of a two-year contract with New England as opposed to $6 million he gets in Denver “and there is no guarantee that he plays the second year there.”
Patriots sign TACKLE — The Patriots have signed free agent offensive tackle Will Svitek.
Svitek is a seven-year veteran who spent three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the past four with the Atlanta Falcons. He was on injured reserve all last year with an arm injury.
Svitek has played in 61 games with 16 starts since being drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round in 2005 out of Stanford. Kansas City released him at the end of training camp in 2008. He was out of the NFL that year, then signed with Atlanta on Feb. 12, 2009.