Kraft says Patriots made better offer to Welker
PHOENIX -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his team's contract offer to Wes Welker was better than what the receiver got in Denver.
“Everyone in our organization, including our head coach -- I sat in a number of meetings, we discussed this very carefully,” Kraft said. “And just to clear up any misconceptions, we wanted Wes back.
Kraft also says Welker's agent, David Dunn, "misrepresented" Welker's market value.
When asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being upset that Welker left after Brady reworked his own contract, Kraft adds Monday: "I don't answer to Tom Brady. He's an important member of the team and we chatted. He has never put a demand" on the Patriots.
Welker got a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos. Kraft says Welker could have received $8 million in the first year of a two-year contract with New England as opposed to $6 million he gets in Denver.
“If he had come to us and said the gap was the $2 million, which on the surface everyone believes that’s what it is, that would have been closed in a second. There’s no guarantee that he plays the second year there. So he will get $6 million the first year. Our deal would’ve gotten $8 million the first year -- our last offer to him. So in fact, our offer was better than what he got from Denver and I’m just really sad about that," said Kraft.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.