When Asante Samuel left the Patriots to sign with the Eagles in 2008, Patriots receiver Wes Welker said, “He chose money over championships.” Now Welker is the one who’s a free agent and may sign elsewhere, and Samuel has some advice for him.
Samuel said on FOX Sports Radio that he believes players should earn whatever amount of money they can, and Welker would be wise to leave the Patriots if some other team makes him a better offer than the Patriots are willing to make.
“He made the comment when I left, I chased the money and not the championship. So here’s my advice to you, Welker: You better chase the money, brother,” Samuel said.
It’s no sure thing that some other team will offer Welker more money than the Patriots are willing to offer: Welker may be a better fit in New England’s offense than he is anywhere else, and therefore he may prove to be more valuable to New England than he is to anyone else. But if Welker can make more money by leaving, Samuel is telling him to say goodbye.