Wes Welker says it’s not personal against the Dolphins

AP

In 2007, the Dolphins traded Wes Welker to the Patriots. Welker has made Miami pay for it ever since.

Welker has 75 catches for 981 yards in nine games against the Dolphins, and the Patriots are 7-2 in those games. But Welker told the Boston Herald that he actually doesn’t have any personal vendetta against his former team for trading him away, and he thinks the fact that his numbers are so good against the Dolphins is more about how the Patriots’ offense has matched up with the Dolphins’ defense than anything else.

“This has been a great situation for me, coming here. I think how I’ve done against them compared with other teams is completely random and accidental,” Welker said. “I’m familiar with the field, the stadium, and things like that. But I try and bring it every week no matter who we’re playing. It just kind of turns out I’ve had some good games there.”

With the Patriots in Miami today, Welker has another chance to make his old team regret trading him. And whether that’s his motivation or not, that trade is one of the many reasons that the Patriots have been a whole lot better than the Dolphins.

22 responses to “Wes Welker says it’s not personal against the Dolphins

  1. Those are some pretty impressive numbers for nine games. That is a good season’s worth of numbers. Whether or not it’s personal he sure makes himself known.

  2. Miami didn’t make a mistake by trading Welker to New England. They made a mistake by only offering him a 2nd round tender. NE made it clear they were willing to give a 2nd round pick to the Dolphins along with a contract to Wes that Miami could not match.

    Thus, Miami was forced to make that trade with New England. Another brilliant move by Belichick.

  3. “With the Patriots in Miami today, Welker has another chance to make his old team regret trading him.”

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    The Pats very astutely used a ‘poison pill’ offer that Miami couldn’t match. It wasn’t that they traded him through choice, they simply couldn’t afford to keep him on the deal they would’ve had to pay out under the rules.

    As for Welker himself I’d believe him more if he didn’t jump and dance around so much after each big completion or celebrate every TD against Miami as if he’d just made the Superbowl winning catch. Wes, we get that you want to come across as a ‘nice guy’ so either tone it down or better still just admit that you get an extra buzz out of putting one over on your old team. Fans would completely understand.

  4. They didn’t end up using that poison pill…Kraft stepped in and instructed BB to give the Dolphins an extra seventh round pick (yippee) in addition to the second rounder to make the trade a bit easier to justify from Miami’s perspective.

    I know I’m splitting hairs here…because NE was going to get him one way or the other. I think Kraft wanted to avoid using such poison pills because he knew that would come back to the organization in one form or another.

  5. “But Welker told the Boston Herald that he actually doesn’t have any personal vendetta against his former team for trading him away.”
    Resentment? Actually, I would think that he sends Miami management a “Thank You” card every year.

  6. Why would it be personal? Everyone involved were fired long ago. The only things the same are the unis and the building.

  7. WW was a nothing. A nobody. The Dolphins picked him up off the scrap heap and gave him a career. WW parlayed that into a deal with the Dolphins chief rival that they couldn’t match. The Dolphins were then forced to trade WW to the Patriots where he’s blossomed into an elite player and has played in 2 SBs.

    Remind me again why WW should have any personal grudge against the Dolphins? Dolphins fans like WW. youll still see WW Dolphins jerseys at games. We are happy for WWs success, albeit we hate that it’s for NE. Sort of how gracious Boston fans are toward Ray Allen’s signing here, except the exact opposite.

  8. The Pats made Welker, he chose to sign with them and the Fins could have easily matched.

    From what I remember there weren’t many who felt the Fins should have matched the offer. Actually from what I remember the feeling was that Welker would only be worth the money if he was going to a team like the Pats.

    The Fins mistake was only placing a 2nd round tender on him which gave the Pats the chance to sign him without giving up a 1st.

    Miami actually got an extra 7th from them in exchange for trading him before the Pats had to have that money frozen for 7 days waiting to see if Miami would match. If Miami had matched 7 days later then the Pats would have likely missed out on their next few options so they paid the 7th to not wait.

  9. igotgamenj says:
    Dec 2, 2012 9:37 AM
    Wes Welker is a great Player but Miami also has a pretty good slot reciever his name is Devon Bess

    Is Devon related to Davone…you know…. the actual wr on the Dolphins?

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago says:
    Dec 2, 2012 9:10 AM
    WW was a nothing. A nobody. The Dolphins picked him up off the scrap heap and gave him a career. WW parlayed that into a deal with the Dolphins chief rival that they couldn’t match. The Dolphins were then forced to trade WW to the Patriots where he’s blossomed into an elite player and has played in 2 SBs.

    Remind me again why WW should have any personal grudge against the Dolphins? Dolphins fans like WW. youll still see WW Dolphins jerseys at games. We are happy for WWs success, albeit we hate that it’s for NE. Sort of how gracious Boston fans are toward Ray Allen’s signing here, except the exact opposite.
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    Celtics fans don’t care that Ray Allen signed with the Heat. The only one who did was Garnett.

  11. Anybody who believes Welker would have been just as good catching passes from the likes of Cleo Lemon please raise your hands. Nobody? Thought so. If he had stayed in Miami most people who have never heard of him. When you look at the value of other receiver trades Miami actually got good value for him. The larger problem here is Miami wasted the 2nd round they got on Samson Satele.

  12. Huge Fins fan here. I dont know a singe other Dolphins fan that has any dislike or disdain towards Wes Welker. Like 1972wasalongtimeago said, Were not thrilled that he has become what he has in New England but we are all secretly proud of him. We definitely cant stand watching him run all over our secondary though.

  13. tdrundmc says:
    Dec 2, 2012 11:08 AM
    Hall of fame, right……he’s a slot receiver who benefits from his team having so many offensive weapons. The guy is overrated.

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    Stop with “overrated” crap!’
    If he has been in the top 3 in the NFL for the last 5 years in receptions and yards he can’t be “overrated”!

    “Overrated” is a term jealous fans of other teams use when they don’t like a team or player because he doesn’t play for the term they root for.

  14. When Welker was with Miami I always knew this guy was the most underrated player in the league but never thought he would turn into a guy who would impact a team so much.

    When looking at a trade you have to look at it if the trade was a good one at the time of the player being traded. Miami was more then likely to let Welker go with the offer the Pat gave him so getting that additional 7th was bonus. What they got in value makes it a good trade. Now what they did what those picks is what made the trade not look so good which has more too do with Miami’s long history of bad drafts than them not getting good value for Welker.

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