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Kraft wants to keep Welker 'a Patriot for life'

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08:01 AM ET 03.12 | What will Wes do? Just over 24 hours before Wes Welker officially becomes a free agent that can sign with any team, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he hopes the receiver "remains a Patriot for life, just like Tom Brady." "I love Wes Welker," Kraft told ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell on Monday in New York. ... The reps for free agents could start to talk to other teams Saturday, the opening of the new legal tampering period leading into free agency. Free agents can sign contracts with other teams starting Tuesday at 4 p.m. Brady ensured he'd be in New England until at least age 40 by restructuring his deal and tacking on a three-year extension.

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March 12, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Well of course he does. Every owner and GM says the same thing, what they leave out is they want to keep him at "their price."

March 12, 2013  08:35 AM ET

And he would like a pony, a G.I Joe action set, ....

March 12, 2013  08:56 AM ET

He wants to sign him to a 50 year contract?

March 12, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And he would like a pony, a G.I Joe action set, ....

Don't forget the action grip... Wait forget that I said that GoPSULions.

March 12, 2013  09:02 AM ET

It appears Welker feels differently.

March 12, 2013  09:03 AM ET

The Pats are going to need more than just Welker.

They need to upgrade that Defense as well, otherwise Seattle and/or San Fran are going to roll all over them.

The NFC West got a WHOLE LOT better after those deals on Monday.

March 12, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Welker has already made it clear that he is going for the money, so BB and BK will have to come up with the best offer to keep him "for life".

March 12, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It appears Welker feels differently.

I think the thing that really bothers Welker is that a healthy Juiien Edelman takes away his playing time. The money matters a lot, but it's sitting on the bench that might push Welker to go somewhere else.

March 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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I think the thing that really bothers Welker is that a healthy Juiien Edelman takes away his playing time. The money matters a lot, but it's sitting on the bench that might push Welker to go somewhere else.

Edelman hand't proved he can't stay healthy........open up the checkbook Kraft....

March 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think the thing that really bothers Welker is that a healthy Juiien Edelman takes away his playing time. The money matters a lot, but it's sitting on the bench that might push Welker to go somewhere else.

Perhaps, but I think it goes deeper than that. Remember, it took tagging him last year to keep him. I don't think he wants to finish his career there. Not at all, and given a choice, he would have been out of there last year.

March 12, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Edelman hand't proved he can't stay healthy........open up the checkbook Kraft....

**hasn't**

March 12, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Maybe Welker just got tired of being made the scapegoat by the Boston media for the superbowl loss and this last playoff loss. Ya think? You bet he takes it personally. Wouldn't you? He wants out of there.

March 12, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Maybe Welker just got tired of being made the scapegoat by the Boston media for the superbowl loss and this last playoff loss. Ya think? You bet he takes it personally. Wouldn't you? He wants out of there.

Good points...

March 12, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Maybe Welker just got tired of being made the scapegoat by the Boston media for the superbowl loss and this last playoff loss. Ya think? You bet he takes it personally. Wouldn't you? He wants out of there.

That definitely could be. When Mrs. Tom threw him under the bus after the SB loss, that had to sting a bit.

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March 12, 2013  09:56 AM ET

He would make a good Saint....or does it go, Brees would make HIM a good Saint?

March 12, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

That definitely could be. When Mrs. Tom threw him under the bus after the SB loss, that had to sting a bit.

I believe the Patriots NEVER intended to sign Welker to a long term , money deal. They just want to make it look to their fans and the media that, " hey, we really tried." The last thing they want is a 40 year old Brady throwing to a 38 year old Welker using up a LOT of cap space. All of Bradys money on the books regardless.

We shall see in a few short days, their plan is to throw money at Cruz the Giants will not match, forfeit a first round pick and that is that. And before Giants fans, like myself, feel bad about that, just remember: Steve Smith caught 100 passes in that same slot with the Giants and Eli three years ago. Yes that same Steve Smith no one remembers and is out of football now.

And there you have it. So says I.

March 12, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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I believe the Patriots NEVER intended to sign Welker to a long term , money deal. They just want to make it look to their fans and the media that, " hey, we really tried." The last thing they want is a 40 year old Brady throwing to a 38 year old Welker using up a LOT of cap space. All of Bradys money on the books regardless.We shall see in a few short days, their plan is to throw money at Cruz the Giants will not match, forfeit a first round pick and that is that. And before Giants fans, like myself, feel bad about that, just remember: Steve Smith caught 100 passes in that same slot with the Giants and Eli three years ago. Yes that same Steve Smith no one remembers and is out of football now.And there you have it. So says I.

I don't see the Pats forfeiting a 1st rounder for Cruz. No way, no how.

March 12, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

That definitely could be. When Mrs. Tom threw him under the bus after the SB loss, that had to sting a bit.

Only Brady could get away with throwing a pass behind and over the head of a wide open receiver and have the fault all lie with the receiver. The old " it was a catch-able ball" routine. Well, in theory, any ball a receiver can touch at all is "catch-able." It was a poor throw at a big time. Period. The receiver was turned inside and the throw was outside.....

 
March 12, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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I don't see the Pats forfeiting a 1st rounder for Cruz. No way, no how.

It is a late first rounder, and it is not like they have been great at drafting. As a matter of fact, they are perhaps the worst team in the NFL at drafting wide receivers.

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