Saturday, February 2, 2013
Welker getting pushed out?
By AJ Mass
There are those who see the glass as being half-full. Then there are those who see the glass as being half-empty. Then you have Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, who seems to be taking a full glass, pouring half of it down the drain and only then taking the optimistic point of view.
Kraft told Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England that he wanted to have Wes Welker remain a part of the New England Patriots, but nevertheless seemed to throw the first monkey wrench in the negotaition process by adding, "Like I said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction and then we have to manage the lawyers and the agents that they don't mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us and we want him here so it's just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent."
By already placing blame for a deal not working out on Welker's representation, Kraft seems to be in full spin mode before any red flags had even begun to enter the conversation. That could well be a huge window into Kraft's thinking that he's expecting the Welker negotiations to result in the unrestricted free agent suiting up for somebody else in 2013, or perhaps even directing them to end that way.