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Wes Welker said he went to Denver because he wants to win

Wes Welker AP

Well, this will go over well back in Boston.

During his introductory press conference in Denver, former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said his desire to win drove him to pitch the idea of his signing to Broncos executive John Elway.

Asked what Elway said to sway him, and Welker turned the tables.

I was the one pitching to him,” Welker said, via the Denver Post.

Asked what that that pitch entailed, he replied: “That I want to win, that above everything.”

Welker did his best to avoid any controversy, saying all the right things about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

But he kept coming back to all the winning he was going to do with the Broncos.

“Denver, I felt, would be a great fit for me,” Welker said. “They’re a great team and I want to win.”

Yeah, that’s probably being chiseled into a stone, rather than written on a bulletin board in New England.

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  1. micknangold says: Mar 14, 2013 7:33 PM

    Bulletin board material is such nonsense. It doesn’t matter once you actually hit the field.

  2. bostoncommon says: Mar 14, 2013 7:35 PM

    He’s probably right.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 7:36 PM

    So much hoopla over a mediocre player.

  4. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    Peyton Thomas Decker Welker. Wow. That s nice. But its not as nice as the Eagles read spread option that Kelly will dominate the league with this year. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.

  5. snap0179 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    Yes because Peyton is so money in the playoffs

  6. bucslose says: Mar 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    He did not imply that he was losing in New England. A bit misleading that you kind of imply that he was taking a shot at the Pats.

  7. andrewproughcfe says: Mar 14, 2013 7:39 PM

    Since he didn’t say “win in the playoffs”, or “win in cold weather”, then yes, I agree that playing with Manning will probably satisfy his general urge to “win”.

    Just don’t set your sights too high there, Wes.

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:39 PM

    Brady will never recover from this treachery.

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    sell-out

  10. stealthjunk says: Mar 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    I’m not sure why you’re reading this as a shot at the Patriots. If anything, I take it as more of a shot at the other 30 teams (e.g., the Titans). Welker could have gone to almost any of them and made more money than he is with Denver, but he came to Denver because he wanted to be on a great team with a shot at the Super Bowl. That’s not taking a shot at the Patriots at all — you’re making it sound like he left the Patriots because he thought they were losers.

  11. rockislander says: Mar 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Nothing here to see. WW was staying with the Pats or going to Denver. If anyone should be upset, it’s the Tennessee Titans, who offered a much more lucrative contract than NE or DEN. But he knew he couldn’t win there. So he sought out a team with a need for a slot receiver and found a taker in DEN. Love him in NE, but good luck Wes; absolutely tough as nails player.

  12. enochmh2 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    You had a superbowl in your hands wes,too bad you dropped it.

  13. portnoychunk says: Mar 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Well Wes, make the tough catches in the crucial situations in the biggest games of your life, maybe you would have.

  14. bartlettruss says: Mar 14, 2013 7:42 PM

    Oh, that’s funny. Really really funny.

  15. phoff12 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:43 PM

    Said the guy that lost the Superbowl

  16. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:43 PM

    Yes because they never w
    In I New England. What a tool.go blow
    Payton

  17. nyjetsfan08 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    Ouch. We all know it was about disrespect and the Money

  18. fairbanksflame says: Mar 14, 2013 7:46 PM

    In the regular season or the playoffs? because da last time Denver won a playoff game, Tebow was the qb, smh…

  19. jboyxl73 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:46 PM

    He also said he wanted to play for two teams because its important to him to win it wasn’t a shot at NE the third offer he received was from the Titans which was turned down cause they aren’t a contender in his eyes

  20. operwapitsai says: Mar 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    Denver- 49ers/Seahawks Superbowl. straight up 9ers if they get that last piece

  21. heyitsmejosh says: Mar 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    why doesnt he tell the real truth… he thought he was worth more than he was and tried to get a lot more money out of the patriots… the patriots replaced him and it was too late for him to go back so he took the broncos deal

  22. n0hopeleft says: Mar 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    Giants fans everywhere are pissing their pants on this.

  23. daddybagel says: Mar 14, 2013 7:50 PM

    All parties involved will be fine. But fans assuming that 110 catches and 1200 yards grow on trees are probably wrong.

  24. infectorman says: Mar 14, 2013 7:50 PM

    ONE CATCH away from winning the SB, Wes.
    ONE CATCH

    Lets hope for Welkers sake, if he ever gets THAT close again, he closes the deal.
    Otherwise he’ll forever be known as the Buffalo Bills of Slot receivers.
    And yes, Horse fans, his window IS closing…

  25. jthammerstix says: Mar 14, 2013 7:51 PM

    I hope grows grows that gay mustache soon!

  26. dannythebisforbeast says: Mar 14, 2013 7:52 PM

    NE didnt wanna pay him so other than NE Denver is good as choice as any to win. That’s what he meant, but hey feel free to misconstrue words.

  27. eaglesw00t says: Mar 14, 2013 7:53 PM

    Anyone who thinks NE is closer to a bowl than Denver is on some wacky tobaccy. That, or a Pats fan. Don’t get me wrong. Until Brady retires, the pats will always be a top 5 team. Bit their defense is 3 steps behind Denver right now. And Demvera receiving corps is just downright sick.

  28. ch8878 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:56 PM

    So he goes to a team with a QB that’s time has past him and looked like Marino’s last year in Miami ?

    Manning and Brady looked flat in the playoffs I think the speed of the game has pasted them by.

  29. keylimelight says: Mar 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    What other reason could he have possibly given that would have made more sense?

    “I’ve always wanted to live in the Rockies.”

    “I prefer the marijuana laws you have here.”

    “I was just plain bored being with the same team so long.”

    “Denver is much closer to my hometown and besides, the skiing options here are far superior to New England (Sugarloaf?, please!)”

    “The Patriots organization has been taking me for granted lately, the fans too.”

    Pick one. I think he came out with the only viable choice.

  30. ampats says: Mar 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    Good luck Wes and thanks for the memories.

    I thought Welker looked like someone who did not imagine himself there.

    As a Patriots fan, I believe his agents totally misread the market as last year a reported contract offer of 2 yrs /16 M Guaranteed was turned down instead being franchised 9.5M
    This year his best offer netted hm another 6M this year making his total take at 15.5 M losing .5M from LY?

    Lawyer Milloy was my favorite Patriot for many years and I remember to this day when I heard the news he was cut on EEI I almost drove off the road.

    This is how business is done in Foxboro under BB. the Patriot Way can best be explained from the line in the Godfather, its not personal, its business.

    And that is why this team continues to win and compete for Super Bowls every year.

  31. keylimelight says: Mar 14, 2013 8:01 PM

    And something else he left unsaid:

    “Denver is a great fit for me…my agent said so.”

  32. redbengalnation says: Mar 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    enoch, portno, wes is an absolute tough griddy wr who does nothing but move the chains. Tom Brady as great as he is has misthrows sometimes don’t know what superbowl you were atching but the one i was watching welker was wide open and brady threw it behind him. Yes, he could have maybe should have caught that ball but lets not put that drop all on welker. ( an i’m a bengals fan :(

  33. infectorman says: Mar 14, 2013 8:04 PM

    Manning is the King of the wobbly duck, and aerodynamically speaking, wobbly ducks lose velocity and when passes lose velocity, the longer they are in flight tend to get INTERCEPTED far more than non-wobbly-duck passes.
    Kinda like that Mark Sanchezesque prayer he ended the Bronco’s season on against Baltimore last January.

    Good luck with that Horse fans.
    He was WEAK as the year went on, and you all know it. That squeak and slam is PM’s window closing REAL soon.

  34. zo121179 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:04 PM

    Was making the playoffs every year and the super bowl every 3 years not enough?

  35. dynaco says: Mar 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    Now that he out from under BB thumb he’s aloud to talk…AMAZING!!!

  36. lionsplayoffs says: Mar 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    Peyton Manning is a great QB to have throwing to you, but we’ll see how good he had it in New England. He’s not going to be as much of a factor with Thomas and Decker on the team. Maybe he wants it that way.

  37. tcstunner says: Mar 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    Ha!!! What’s Mannings playoff record again? Yeah, thats what I thought. Go from a QB with a playoff record of 18-5 and 3 SB victorys, to a QB with losing playoff record and 1 SB victory. But he wants to win. Too funny. Well, good luck with that Wes.

  38. nelly837 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    Wow, you would think the donkeys just signed Deion Sanders when he was Prime Time with all the hype everyone is spewing. Wes Welker is a good receiver but to say he’s going to give the donkeys a Super Bowl ring is crazy. WW is a 32 years old and is undersized, yes he’s never suffered a major injury but he’s been extremely lucky running those routes across the middle. He’s just one big hit away from going on the IR it’s not like he’s 22 his body isn’t going to recover like it did when he was younger. In fact the donkeys are just a couple of injuries from a 2-14 season like the Chiefs were last year.

  39. hatetriot4life says: Mar 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    listen all u brady d slurpers manning is better but he like all other qbs outside new England have lost on game winning drives due to an occasional drop look at all peytons losses in playoffs n how THE TEAM lost not peyton even if he threw a pick it was cus the TEAM was forcing the pass n playing from behind due to garbage def n droppes balls

  40. ncm42 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:09 PM

    LOL at all the Pats fans bitching about “one drop Wes”. NE would have been nowhere near even being in that game if not for Wes’s 100+ catches, 1300+ yards, etc.

  41. dietrich43 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    I am disappointed he didnt repeat his ‘foot pun’ press conference, but with shots related to spygate and Belichick breaking up marriages.

  42. hatetriot4life says: Mar 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    all u pats fans are all the same was all good wen he caught all them dinks n dunks for 4 yds n run after catch but he drops poorly THROWN balls in key situations wen he had to actually reach oit with his lil HANDS u all want him gone smh spoiled brats spygate the untold story read it n u wont b a fan anymore

  43. ampats says: Mar 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    nelly837,

    An ACL tear is not a major injury???

    Have some knowledge of the game before you post.

  44. 1bbfan says: Mar 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    New England is spoiled. Your QB said it !!

  45. mtx1992 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    He said that because there was another AFC team that offered more money than the Broncos, but he chose Denver because he wants to win. It has nothing to do with the Pats. End of story. No controversy here.

  46. xyz24 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:26 PM

    For all those calling out peyton in the playoffs, pretty sure it was rahim moore and champ bailey who messed that one up. And when is the last time that Brady won a super bowl, for all those who say he is way better than peyton? Hasn’t manning won one more recently than Brady? hmmm……
    Welker is going to be a great addition. Manning obviously loves slot guys and he has the best one in the league. Manning was also the best qb last year, look at the numbers. Even if his arm strength is poor, it didn’t seem to hurt him too much last year.

  47. m1000be says: Mar 14, 2013 8:26 PM

    Translation: I wanted to go somewhere with a HoF QB, so no one see’s that I am merely average.

  48. selmonfan63 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:27 PM

    flavordave | Mar 14, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT
    Peyton Thomas Decker Welker. Wow. That s nice. But its not as nice as the Eagles read spread option that Kelly will dominate the league with this year. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.

    Hahahahaha. The Eagles best season is always the next one.

  49. nelly837 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:28 PM

    Ampats…

    You’re right he did but it was a minor tear not like he destroyed it and came back like AP. Like I said he’s just a couple of concussions away from not finishing the season, but then again so is Manning.

  50. nelly837 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:29 PM

    xyz24….

    If I remember right didn’t Peyton throw the interception in overtime?

  51. bullcharger says: Mar 14, 2013 8:34 PM

    They might win. However, it’s a long season and he likely won’t. Welker has come up short in almost all the biggest games. That’s his legacy. It’s too bad he didn’t make that catch or he’d still be a Patriot.

  52. Deb says: Mar 14, 2013 8:34 PM

    No dog in this hunt, but I’m sure looking forward to the next Patriots/Broncos game. Hope it’s in New England :)

  53. jacflash says: Mar 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    We loved you Wes, but now it’s war. Time for the Pats to sign Pollard, just so we can sic him on Welker.

  54. kgstitan says: Mar 14, 2013 8:53 PM

    So Peyton and Welker both turned down the Titans because we’re not a contender. Gee, maybe you guys could have changed that.

  55. pats777 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:57 PM

    This has nothing to do with the Pats. Welker turned down like $20 million from the Titans cuz he knows they are not a contender, period.

  56. vegasbearfan says: Mar 14, 2013 8:59 PM

    Hey enochmh2

    You meant that it was too bad Brady choked and threw it over WW head -right. Brady best days are long gone…

  57. Max says: Mar 14, 2013 9:02 PM

    Welker is having a laugh lol

  58. mornelithe says: Mar 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    Sequence of events:

    Welker and his Agent Dunn, sat with the Patriots. The Patriots offered him 2 years 10 million. Welker and Dunn said they were finished, and made it clear he was going to test FA.

    Welker and Dunn then went and tested the FA waters, received Denver’s offer of 2 years 12 million, and then went back to the Patriots.

    Once Welker and Dunn had said they were finished and were testing FA, the Pats couldn’t risk losing both Welker and Amendola, so they signed Amendola.

    Welker’s exceptional at the slot receiver position, but has few other applications beyond kick returns (Enter Leon Washington and Danny Amendola).

    It’s unfortunate, as a Pats fan I certainly would have loved to see Welker retire a Patriot, but unlike many people out there, I don’t think the Welker’s irreplaceable. Will Amendola have the same production as Welker? Probably not, but they have plenty of other weapons to spread out the load. As long as they can remain healthy (big if), the Patriots will be fine.

    Good luck, Welker. It’s an unfortunate turn of events, but I think it’s for the better.

  59. mccourty1sland says: Mar 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    So?? What’d you want him to say?? ” Guys, I came to Denver for one reason and one reason only. I am here to lose games. I just wanna lose.” No news here keep moving.

  60. bbwasright says: Mar 14, 2013 9:11 PM

    OK, that is a classic. But for a couple of dropped balls by Welker, he could have had a Super Bowl. The Patriots won three without him, then when he becomes “the guy” they make it to the playoffs virtually every year, but don’t “win?” Hmmm, I wonder if going and playing with Peyton on a roster full of free agent has-beens and a coach with a winning percentage several points lower than BB and somehow he’s going to win now? Best of luck with that Wes.

    We loved you in New England, but you have to admit you’ve lost a couple steps since you exploded onto the Patriots scene. You will do well, but if you think moving from New England to Denver improves your odds, you are crazy. In the end, both teams will be in the playoffs. It will take WRs catching balls on key plays to get to the big win. Your odds were better with Brady than with Manning.

    Good luck with that!

  61. northshorejag says: Mar 14, 2013 9:11 PM

    Cat fight much?

  62. fox1010 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:18 PM

    Flavor dave
    “Peyton Thomas Decker Welker. Wow. That s nice. But its not as nice as the Eagles read spread option that Kelly will dominate the league with this year. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.”

    Flavordave you are a poor mans’ logicvoice. I suggest you get a new shtick. And to logicvoice your shtick is getting old.
    My cowboys are going roll both your dream teams this year. You heard it hear first.

  63. patsfiend says: Mar 14, 2013 9:32 PM

    He’s not really referring to the Pats, he’s talking about the offers from “other” teams he got, ie the Titans.

  64. xyz24 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    nelly837….

    Didn’t he throw 3 td’s before that to keep denver in the game as the defense kept giving up bombs to flacco? And as the running game was largely ineffective?

  65. bkostela says: Mar 14, 2013 9:49 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 14, 2013 7:37 PM
    Peyton Thomas Decker Welker. Wow. That s nice. But its not as nice as the Eagles read spread option that Kelly will dominate the league with this year. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.
    ____________________

    please tell me what personnel on the eagles offense (besides shady) do defenses even have to worry about. this guy is a joke.

  66. brutus9448 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:51 PM

    then he should have stayed with the pats. The pats are a better team than the broncos and they showed it last year. They will again next year.

  67. mazblast says: Mar 14, 2013 10:05 PM

    If Welker had played poorly during the regular season and early playoff games, the Patriots wouldn’t have made those last two Super Bowls.

    It reminds me of the Boston baseball writer with an ax to grind (imagine that!) with Ted Williams years ago. He added up Williams’ stats in post-season and All-Star games, ignored Williams’ regular season numbers, jumped to a small-sample-size conclusion, and wrote that Teddy Ballgame wasn’t good in the clutch. Williams confronted him and asked, “And exactly how do you think I got INTO those situations?”

  68. j0esixpack says: Mar 14, 2013 10:51 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and I’m not too bent out of shape. Everyone is taking what he said out of context.

    He was looking for a better offer from the Patriots and he went to the team with the 2nd best QB in the NFL

    That’s a smart move if you want a new team and a chance to win. And the Broncs are going to win a BUNCH of games just like the Patriots always do.

    A Super Bowl is another matter. If Wes had made 2 more passes for the Patriots he’d have 2 rings.

  69. noonelistensanyway says: Mar 15, 2013 12:17 AM

    I was shocked!!! I figured he would retire a Patriot like Brady!!

  70. rublestiltzkin says: Mar 15, 2013 12:22 AM

    A breakup seems to be the best thing to do in this situation. Long distance relationships rarely work

  71. CKL says: Mar 15, 2013 1:19 AM

    WW is an emotional player. He made this decision at least partly out of emotion in my opinion because he, like a lot of other players thinks he will be different, he’ll be the one the Pats will break their set value for. Can’t say as I don’t get it, he’s only human. He gave everything he had every minute he was a Patriot and I have no complaints about him as far as that goes. That’s all any fan has a right to ask.

    Lots of offenses including the early 2000s Colts offenses and some of the later 2000s Pats offenses have been considered “unstoppable”, yet all of them have been stopped in the playoffs at some point. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here with the SB victory/appearance calls.

  72. johnnysoup1 says: Mar 15, 2013 2:11 AM

    His hair weave looks great!

  73. yousuxxors says: Mar 15, 2013 2:38 AM

    brady threw the superbowl away and wes almost saved it. look at Brady’s and manning stats in the playoffs youll be surprised. brady always been on a better and also has the best coach of the past decade, maybe ever.

  74. patriottony says: Mar 15, 2013 5:20 AM

    Yo little guy,,,how about you hang onto the rock,,on a lob 3rd and eight in giants territory,,you hold onto that ball,,time runs down,,,,game over and you have your ring. TWO superbowl rings went by, on little ooops at a critical moment,,,by you.
    Great player,,,,bad mindset…oh by the way REX wants you to know,,,you have your foot in your mouth …..AGAIN!!!

  75. 950003cups says: Mar 15, 2013 5:39 AM

    Dope! The Manning that beat you 2x in the Super Bowl plays for the Giants!

    If you really wanna win, don’t drop the ball.

    The quote sounds more appropriate yo be coming from the Patriots. How about “we let little Wesley go to Denver because we thought it was the best chance for us to win”

  76. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 15, 2013 6:34 AM

    Yeah Wes. It was all about you wanting to win. It had nothing to do with the fact that the Pats didn’t think you were worth your asking price and had already signed Amendola.

  77. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    @flavordave

    Yeah….sorry bud but not this year. LOL

  78. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    Can’t wait to hear what Giselle has to say about the receiver that kept dropping the ball in the Super Bowl.

  79. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    I’m an Indiana native and still really high on Peyton Manning after he signed with DEN, but aside from his 1 SB, he is a choke artist in the playoffs. I’m not taking away from his legacy but I don’t care how much talent you have on your roster, or how impressive your stat line is, you got to get it done in big moments by making the big plays. Having arguably the best receiving core in football does not guarantee you victory. So I guess we wait and see how it all pans out come fall.

  80. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    @jacflash

    Thats only if Brady can forgive Pollard for destroying his knee. lol OH WAIT, that was his OL that blocked Bernard into him. Nvm…

  81. undraftedstar says: Mar 15, 2013 3:29 PM

    Pre-Order your Patriots Cruz Jersey.

  82. nobby821 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:59 PM

    gotta love @flavordave

    -bucs fan

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