In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
It's hard for me to think of someone who's Ptriots opinion/sources I trust and respect more than Holley. He has been around the team in varying degrees (some closer than any other reprter I'm aware of) for over a decade. He made calls, gathered info, and waited until he gathered enough to feel like he could weigh in heavily on the subject.
According to him and his sources, Welker's agents basically said that whatever the offer was going to be, 2011 (franchise tag 9.5) + 2012 and beyond else has to add up to AT LEAST 20 million guaranteed, and start there. For instance, they were saying he wouldn't have worked for a single year at anything less than the 11.5 the second year Franchise would have brought, and at least 11.5 would have to have been guaranteed in ANY offer for them to consider it.
Welker's agents absolutely, and TOTALLY misread the situation, and are trying to keep from looking as bad as they are.
Additionally, in any previous negotiation that went bad, regardless of what was said...I've never heard Kraft be so outspoken. That led me to believe either he was telling the truth and flat out pizzed at what was being said...or he's had a fundamental change in his behavior that hasn't been seen before.
Agents are bad for sports. They are akin to ambulance-chasing, sleazeball lawyers. 99% of the contracts they "get" for their clients, could be gotten by the player themselves, most every-day sports fans, and probably most service animals as well.
Good luck to Welker. I was ok with him going elsewhere, I was ok with him not coming back last year...but that's just me. The agents? They can burn.
if agents are so bad for sports explain how sports currently gross billions in revenues and tv and radio stations pay millions to billions for the rights to broadcast their games and how all 4 major sports draw more fans now live than probably any other time previously and how sports franchises have on average appreciated about 300% in the last 30 years
and if you think players-much less a fan!-could negotiate with the $10,000/hr lawyers and professional GM's for contracts worth millions of dollars then u are being silly or fooling urself-i can just see you trying to negotiate with a professional GM and lawyers representing a $500 million sports franchise...you would go home paying them!