posted at 3/19/2013 9:06 AM EDT
In response to jri37's comment:
In response to UD6's comment:
No one knows what the incentives may have been and without the incentives it was 2 year 10 million. Lets say the incentives included % of plays on the field. Who controls that? What if the incentives included 115 catches while the pats control the % of plays on the field.
I don't care who you are, you don't become as successful as Kraft has become without knowing how to negotiate, when to hold and when to fold, and how to spin public perception.
What Kraft is spinning isn't completely accurate and isn't completely inaccurate, but I do believe they offered the agent a take it or leave it deal. If not, things wouldn't have happened so quickly.
By the way, what the hell happened to Kraft's face. He looks like he got in a fight with some parking lot asphalt, and lost.
Doggg your agenda is showing again.
In your first sentence you chastise everyone for not knowing what the incentives are but in the next sentence you have no problem making those supositions yourself. Pot meet kettle...
As far as Kraft spinning public perception???? If that was the case it would have been through unamed sources to whoever they use to get their "spin" out. Kraft and BB never go public themselves to explain things. When this happens and it is rare then it is usually to correct some misconception or in this case perhaps the truth.
As far as Kraft's face is concerned it is reported it is a melanoma.
Jri - you may call it chastising if you wish, but if that's where you are going, then the chastising isn't about not knowing the incentives, its about taking either of these guys' comments at face vaue. The devil is in the details, and for deals not done, those generally are never known. And I disagree with you on the spinning public perception. Spin is no more "authentic" than when it comes from the source itself. I think the reason that Kraft is doing this is because 1) he's getting backlash and 2) he publicly said he wanted welker to be a patriot for life. Typically a comment like that isn't attached to an unsaid "as long as he takes our offer without negotiation".
Kraft didn't need to get out there on this. That he has allows it to continue to be a story that can be rebutted by the other side. Ultimately, I think the other side is saying that Welker wanted to be a patriot but expected a little more work from the team, and that didn't happen.
Sorry about the Melanoma. Hopefully its not too serious and something he can overcome.