posted at 3/19/2013 10:30 AM EDT
In response to TFB12's comment:
Those incentives are a bad bet for any player...1 million for 1500 yards receiving? So now all the sudden Welker is being expected to run a 4.4 and get 15 yards a catch? Riducolous. He had to make All Pro to receive another million? In both years?
Man, people get on me to let this go, which I do until these same people keep it going with more and more threads.
It's all about who you believe. The Patriots have used the strong arm tactic before, does it not surprise you they did it here again? More and more stories continue to come out on what happened,,
From Breer on NFL network today:
The Patriots' final offer was two years for $10 million. Incentives could have pushed the deal to $16 million. The offer to Welker included $1 million incentives for making All-Pro each year, $1 million incentives for 1,500 yards receiving each year, $1 million for being a Pro Bowl starter in 2014 and $1 million for 1,300 yards in 2014. According to the source, Welker's camp then suggested something in the range of the two-year, $14 million that the Titans offered the receiver, with incentives to push it to $16 million.
Those are some pretty tough incentives to meet especially if they continued to try and phase him out of the offense with less playing time.
I seriously can't believe Kraft is running around saying they wanted to keep him and it was his agent's fault with incentives like that. Just today Welker's agent fired right back. The Patriot's should of tread a little more carefully on this one, because...A. outside of this forum people are pissed, I mean even the most serious of koolaid drinkers questioned this..and B. for this decision to work Amendola is going to have to stay healthy for the entire season and produce in a huge way. Amendola is put in a very tough spot here, because even if he has the season of his life, he still won't put up the production Welker did.
Personally I think the only way this works out for the Krafts (and you know they want to be able to go on a pregame show and tell the world "I told you so"), is if Welker blows out a knee and misses the entire season. I really think that may be the only way this doesn't blow up in their face, because baring a major injury, Welker will do well in Denver...or maybe an injury to Manning, but Welker can play with any QB.
Personally I understood the need to get younger, but not at the price we could of had Welker for apparently. That I do NOT agree with. We could of had the best and most reliable slot receiver for basically a two year 12 million dollar deal...with the second year not guaranteed?? This was personal, this was dumb business, this may blow up in our faces. The Milloy thing? We had Rodney Harrison. The Seymore thing? I got to tell you that hurt this team. Asante? Took us five years to replace him and we may of finally did that by signing one of the biggest thugs in the NFL. Losing Branch in his prime? Cost us a Super Bowl.
I could understand if Welker got a 4 year 32 million dollar contract offer from someone else, but this was two years at a bargain price. We overpayed for a injury prone guy to replace him. The whole thing is disappointing.