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Kraft: "WE Offered Welker a Better Contract Than Welker Got. That is Sad"

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    Re: Kraft:

    King...wouldn't it be great to see the Pats in this SB in NJ ..with a pass to DA sealing the deal? What do you think Leon?

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    Re: Kraft:

    In response to UD6's comment:

    In response to TFB12's comment:


    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.


    Wow - talk about incentives.  I guess when you are the best in the league at your position the bar has to be set pretty high.  And with that comment, the question must be begged - for all that the guy has done for the franchise and with Brady's restructuring, the pats couldn't come up with a few bucks more to allow Wes to accomplish what Kraft said he wanted?  


    Based on those incentives, this isn't about market value.  those parameters indicate that Welker performs well above market value.  The patriots just aren't willing to pay for that.  

    Welker couldn't come down a few bucks? They ovepaid him with the franchise tag last year. What do you say about that UD?

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    Re: Kraft:

    In response to Iceman4's comment:


    Welker couldn't come down a few bucks? They ovepaid him with the franchise tag last year. What do you say about that UD?


    Certainly not!  He played out a 5 year contract that he totally out perfomed.  Usually when a player does that the redo their contract about half way in or the last year of it.  And they do that not only to reward the player but to get the player now instead of waiting and having to pay out more, or go through something like this.  Kind of like they did with Gronk and Hernandez just recently.  He deserved a fair deal, certainly a better one then they offered him.


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    Re: Kraft:

    In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:

    That's not destroying me at all. So, you became a bandwagon Pats fan in 2001 and you're from northern California.


    If anything, that's admitting you're a bandwagon fan.  I am not.

    So, all you're really doing is proving my point. lol

    It most certainly is.  It just proves that you talk and talk and talk without knowing what you are talking about.  You make statements that are wrong.  I just proved you wrong.  And you look foolish even making that comment.  Here you are thinking you are making a point and going to "get" me, but as you can see you didn't. 

    A bandwagon fan? How so?  Do I have to be a Pats fan at birth?  For the record, I have never been a 49'ers fan, ever. 

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    In response to Godvernment's comment:

    did you really become a pats fan in 2001? LOL

    It appears by your posts it was the same year you were born.  Hahahahahahahaha!!

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    Wow!  Rusty, I actually agree with your last 2 posts.

    Now, I'm taking cover as I expect a lightning bolt to hit at any moment.

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    Re: Kraft:

    In response to ATJ's comment:

    Cards on the table here, guys.  As I've said on other threads, if it comes down to a 'who-do-you-believe' scenario then I'm with Robert Kraft.  Widely respected throughout NFL by both ownership and players.  That said, I really think it's time to put the Welker thing to bed and move on.

         Amen. But, you realize that because Welker landed in Denver with you know who, ESPN, NFL Network, and the rest of the sports media are going to keep stirring the pot on this...just as they did with spygate.


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    I have been sitting back taking this whole departure in, listening to both sides of the stories and regardless who's at fault here, we will probably never know the real story, it's just a travesty it happened at all.   I think Welker will miss being a Patriot and catching passes from Brady.  And I think the Patriots will miss having Welker here and the production he brought to the offense.  In the end it was a lose/lose departure. 

    The Patriots vs Broncos game is going to be extra interesting now.  I'm not sure we see a Belichick/Kraft and Welker handshake before or after the game due to all this, and that is a shame.  Both meant a lot to each others careers.


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    My take is that the Pats really did want Welker, but they set his value low relative to other WRs with similar numbers.  That had to do with his position (slot), his age, and a belief that he wouldn't work so well in most other systems and therefore wouldn't be in terribly high demand.  The Pats were probably right about all those things, but the agent's job is to try to bargain to get Welker the most money possible.  Top receivers in 2011 were getting contracts that paid upwards of 8 million a year, with guaranteed money above $10 million.  The Pats seem to have had Welker pegged lower than that, though it's impossible to know exactly where because the stories are conflicting and I'm not sure how reliable much of the reporting has been.  The agent could have just "given in" to the Pats' offer, but that's not what he's supposed to do.  He's supposed to try to push them up.  It's hard, though, once a player is franchised, because then the player can't get other teams to bid.  Ultimately, the only leverage a player has in negotiations is being able to get multiple teams to bid for his services competitively.  The franchise tag pulls that leverage away from the player and sort of forces him to make a take it or leave it decision with his current team.  Welker and the agent clearly decided that playing for (an above market) 9.5 million in 2012 and then going back to market in 2013 gave Welker a better chance of getting more money than accepting whatever offer the Pats had on the table back in 2011 or early 2012, which would have delayed Welker's chance at free agency until 2014.  When they made that decision, there were two possibilities for 2013:

    1. The Pats could have tagged Welker again giving him upwards of 11 million in 2013. This was unlikely, but playing under the tag two years in a row would have been a financial win for Welker. 

    2. The Pats could refrain from tagging Welker, but then Welker would (finally) be free to shop his services with multiple teams.  The hope, I'm sure, was that he could land a two year deal worth about 8 million per year with a fairly large guaranteed amount.  At worst, I think they figured he'd get somewhere around $5 or $6 million for 2013, which, when combined with the 9.5 million he made in 2012, would probably be a comparable amount to what the Pats were offering him in 2011.  So from the agent's perspective, there wasn't much downside to refusing the Pats offer and playing under the tag, but there was potential upside.  This is why the agent and Welker made a good decision, not a bad one, in choosing the tag and leaving their options open in 2013.  As it is, they ended up getting an offer that wasn't nearly as good as they were hoping for, but doesn't seem to be much, if any, worse than what they would have had if they had accepted one of the Pats's earlier offers. 

    We do now seem to have a clearer picture of what the Pats last offer was.  It seems to be that it offered Welker a $4 million signing bonus, a $4 million salary this year, and a $2 million salary next year, plus $2 million in incentives for 2013 and $4 million in in incentives for next year.  Denver, meanwhile, gave Welker a $4 million signing bonus, a $2 million salary this year (all guaranteed) and a $6 million payment next year if they decide to keep him (guaranteed against injury this year and also fully guaranteed if they don't cut him before March 2014).  One of the curious things here is why Welker turned down an apparent $10 million in guarantees for only $6 million in full gurantees (plus another $6 million in partial guarantees) with Denver.  My take is that Welker and the agent were looking at what happens in 2014 (and completely discounting the incentives).  Under the Pats deal, Welker would earn $2 million more in 2013, but there is a real possibility he would earn only $2 million in 2014.  With the Denver deal, Welker would earn $2 million less in 2013, but would either earn $6 million in 2014 (a net $2 million gain over the two years) or have another chance at free agency and therefore another attempt to try to get a bigger deal for 2014.  If free agency in 2014 could net him at least $4  million for the year, he'd come out at least even with what the Pats had offered for 2013 and 2014 (again, discounting the incentives). If he got at least $6 million in a free agent deal in 2014, he'd come out at least even with what the Broncos were offering him for 2014.  Anything above $6 million in 2014 would be a win for Welker over both the Pats and the Broncos deals. 

    It's a lot of risk, of course, but it seems like Welker and his agent are playing the market aggressively partly because they know they are at a disadvantage given Welker's age.  They don't have a lot of time, and therefore seem to be trying to maximize the opportunities for Welker to get into free agency (and to get into it as early as possible) and have teams bid competitively for his services.  That's what their strategy seems to be doing.  It's quite possible Welker will not do well in the free agent market if he gets there in 2014 and could lose out, but there's no big reward without risk, and Welker and his agent seem willing to take the risks to try to maximize rewards.  Welker seems to be gambling with about $2 million dollars in guaranteed money.  That's what he could lose by this tactic, but he also has a reasonable chance to come out $2 million or more ahead.   Again, these numbers completely discount the incentives the Pats offered him, which Welker and his agent seem to think are too unlikely to be considered.  If you think those incentives are realistic, then Welker and his agent are gambling with a bit more money.  Personally, I think the incentives are pretty aggressive, though not completely impossible.  

     It's a risky strategy for Welker, but it's not necessarily a bad strategy--unless of course, you think Welker just wants to play for the Pats.  I think the Pats thought that and maybe lowballed him a little assuming he'd be content to accept a discount to stay with Brady.  Maybe, in the end, that lowballing left a bad taste in Welker's mouth and made him not want to play for the Pats afterall.  


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    Re: Kraft:

    reading between the lines of 2/$10 and Kraft saying Wes was going to make $8m in year #1, it sounds like the contract offer was;

    $6M signing bonus

    2013-$2M salary plus incentives

    2014-$2M salary plus incentives

    2013 and 2014 Cap hit each year $5m with out incentives

    Compared to Amendola yearly cap hit;

    2013 -- $3.5 million
    2014 -- $4.5 million
    2015 -- $5.5 million
    2016 -- $6.5 million
    2017 -- $7.5 million

    Does it seem a stretch even with the cap increase that the Pats incur a cap hit for Amendola of $5.5, $6.5 and $7.5?