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Robert Kraft: I want Wes Welker to be a Patriot for life


In another sign that Wes Welker seems likely to stay with the Patriots, owner Robert Kraft said he’s eager to get a deal done with the team’s leading receiver.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, Kraft stressed the importance of keeping Welker around.

“I love Wes Welker. I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady,” Kraft said, via Darren Rovell of ESPN.

Although there’s been some talk that Welker worries his role in New England might be reduced, Kraft made clear that the team wants to get a deal done.

“We want Wes. We really do,” Kraft said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

The Patriots should want Welker: He’s gone over 110 catches for two straight years in their offense. But the fact that the two sides still haven’t been able to get a deal done suggests that Welker doesn’t think Kraft’s contract offer is as generous as his words.

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31 Responses to “Robert Kraft: I want Wes Welker to be a Patriot for life”
  1. jeff65340 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:22 AM

    Come on to KC Wes

  2. titansbro says: Mar 12, 2013 6:48 AM

    They can sign him now, no need to wait. If they really want him that bad just sign him. Oh that’s right, they want the most productive player on the team other than TB to play for peanuts.

  3. Scumby says: Mar 12, 2013 6:50 AM

    Wes may have to vote with his feet.

  4. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2013 7:02 AM

    If we get him at our price.

  5. razzlejag says: Mar 12, 2013 7:05 AM

    Take the offer, Wes. Don’t be another Mo Vaughn and leave a perfect situation for a few million dollars more.

    Remember too, you are likely to earn/be paid most of those contract dollars as long as Tom stays healthy. In 4 years you, Tom, and Bill can retire together and reunite in Canton a few years after that.

  6. tim2200 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:07 AM

    If the Patriots really wanted Welker back he’d be signed already. They’re trying to lowball Wes and I hope Wes goes somewhere and gets paid what he deserves.
    This is just more PR BS from Robert Kraft.
    We Patriot fans are used to it.

  7. 8man says: Mar 12, 2013 7:10 AM

    Money or a legitimate chance to win? It’s rare you get both. Welker may be hoping a contender can come through with enough jack to make moving sweeter.

  8. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Mar 12, 2013 7:13 AM

    It will get done. Pats fan for life and love Wes welker but he wouldn’t be half as good or half the stats anywhere else. Great system fit and starting to drop more passes

  9. legeisyaj says: Mar 12, 2013 7:33 AM

    He’s staying. Come on.

  10. tim2200 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:36 AM

    If the Patriots really wanted Welker back he’d be signed already. They’re trying to lowball Wes and I hope Wes goes somewhere and gets paid what he deserves. This is just more PR BS from Robert Kraft. We Patriot fans are used to it.

  11. 315judman says: Mar 12, 2013 7:37 AM

    The article should read: Then Kraft then went on to say “BUT… his hands turn into stone when we need him most. Now we call him ‘West’ because that is where he is headed.”

  12. jalbs says: Mar 12, 2013 7:49 AM

    Ummm, Mr. Kraft I believe you own the team and sign the checks so I’m pretty sure you have some clout with Bill if you truly want Wes back. Just sayin.

  13. gronkspike802 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:50 AM

    The Patriots already have pretty large contracts for Hernandez and Gronkowski…you can’t have 3 high paid receivers and expect to win Super Bowls. Offense wins games, defense wins championships. Spend some of that money on the secondary – Kyle Arrington was the highest paid player in their secondary last year at $2.5 mil, and most people have never even heard of him!

  14. tigerlilac says: Mar 12, 2013 7:58 AM

    Wes only has about 2 inches on Kraft. I met with Kraft. He’s not a big guy. Welker is one tough son of a gun.

  15. burm61 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 AM

    If you’re Welker doesn’t this get old? Dealing with the Patriots way in terms of money? I think he will go to Denver and try to stick it up BB’s ass.

  16. fissels says: Mar 12, 2013 8:04 AM

    OK then pay up

  17. lightcleric says: Mar 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    You need an okay defense, preferrably an opportunistic one, to win a title, but when the 49ers and Ravens, two teams whose defenses get raved about, give up *65* combined points, can we finally put “defense wins championships” to rest?

  18. ampats says: Mar 12, 2013 8:24 AM

    Wes will end up a Patriot but anyone can blame him from finding out what other teams perceive of his value?

    As burm61 pointed out, the one team that can scares me could be the Broncos but looks like the will be tied up $$ chasing Feeney instead of tying up $10M on Welker per season.

  19. patriottony says: Mar 12, 2013 8:40 AM

    All said and done, he will sigh a 3 yr deal for 4-5 million a year,,,and thats that. Brady will be the deal “SEALER”,,,it will be a love in,,an then they will still have 20-22 million to sign other players,,welker will have a nice 12 million dollar nest egg.
    A big to do about not much

  20. darkblue08 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:03 AM

    Some experts state that he should stay in New England, but looking at his stats and record, he should get paid, big time – if not in NE, then somewhere else. If a QB doesnt look good with Welker on the team, he is never going to look good.

  21. mudhead123 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:10 AM

    Too late. He already played for the Dolphins

  22. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2013 9:10 AM

    So show him the money.

  23. EJ says: Mar 12, 2013 9:13 AM

    If Kraft really wanted Welker as a Patriot for life, he’d of already made it happen. All he is doing is covering his rear, so that he won’t look heartless.

  24. patriotenvy says: Mar 12, 2013 9:41 AM

    No other team wanted him before!

    He didn’t get a free education offer until someone else turned it down, he didn’t get drafted, he got cut, traded, and then the Pats brought him into their circle of trust and made a star out of him. Now the Pats are the bad guys for wanting him to play for “peanuts”. Give me a break. Show all those teams who didn’t believe in you were to go. Leaving now would be like Adrian leaving Rocky before the big fight for some shallow guy who wouldn’t give her a second look before Rocky started dating her.

  25. bradygirl12 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    Come on Wes,just sign already! I can’t bear to watch Pats games with you palying for someone else.

  26. azarkhan says: Mar 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    Perhaps Kraft finally woke up and thought: “How in the world are we going to replace Welker’s 100+ catches per season?”

  27. skum01 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:24 AM

    This is pedantic, but Kraft said “Remain a Patriot for life.” This make sense.

    The article has “Be a Patriot for life.” This makes no sense, as he was a Dolphin before he signed with New England.

  28. weepingjebus says: Mar 12, 2013 10:40 AM

    Pains me to say it as a Pats fan, but this would all have been resolved a while ago if he could make one of those catches when it really matters. Both sides need to be realistic about this.

  29. mazblast says: Mar 12, 2013 10:53 AM

    This is Kraft’s little way of saying, “If any other team dares to be so impertinent and audacious as to sign Welker, I’ll be most displeased. And when I am displeased, The Great Roger Goodell is displeased–and he needs no evidence to find wrongdoing and take something away from you.”

  30. audge86 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:38 PM

    I like how people are saying the Pats are trying to pay him “peanuts” when really he’s probably being offered $7-8 million/year. Which I think is pretty fair.

    Welker may be worried about his role if almost none is guaranteed in future years though. Easy to cut him. But he does have to understand that he’s an older player who takes a lot of hits.

  31. malachiofcourse says: Mar 12, 2013 7:44 PM

    maybe they should’ve drafted him then…..

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