Sports Illustrated engages in a little revisionist history on Wes Welker’s departure from the Patriots.
After being offered a two-year, $10 million deal from the Patriots, Welker decided to sign with Denver for two years and $12 million,
Revisionist history. It wasn’t a straight $10M deal. Reiss:
The last proposal from the Patriots was a two-year, $10 million pact that could have been worth up to $16 million with incentives (although in Welker’s eyes a good chunk of those would have been tough to reach)
Welker’s agent told Curran the Pats never made an offer. Curran, quoting Reiss’s report, puts a dent in Dunn’s story:
If there were no offer, it confounds how Reiss would be able to report that the incentives in a non-existent offer were unattainable in the eyes of Welker.
By the way, another couple nuggets from the Curran piece:
At the owners meetings last March in Florida, I asked Wes Welker’s agent David Dunn if a four-year deal worth about $32 million would satisfy Dunn and Welker and keep Welker in New England.
“How much guaranteed?” Dunn asked.
About $18 million?
“Add about $2 million and that would work,” Dunn said. “I don’t care about the years, I care about the guaranteed money.”
Dunn disputes the idea Welker’s market was misjudged. The Patriots simply didn’t want Welker is the contention.
So let me get this straight. Welker’s agent a year ago wanted $32M for four years, with $20M guaranteed. This offseason, after Welker played on the $9.5M franchise tag, they came back with a 3-year, $24M demand (don’t know how much guaranteed). They ended up settling for 2 years, $12M, nothing guaranteed, and Dunn still claims he didn’t misjudge the market?