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Kraft, cheesed

Gazette staff March 27th, 2013

With figurative egg sliding down his face, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft tried to explain why he let All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker get away. That was unusual since the Patriots rarely offer any rationale for their decisions.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Welker, who was a high school star at Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hall, signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos for $6 million a year after last season.

Kraft tried to blame Welker’s agent, David Dunn, saying that Dunn had misjudged Welker’s value and the Patriots offered the receiver a better deal than Denver. That explanation sounds good, and some Patriot fans might buy it, but Welker didn’t do himself a disservice by jumping to an American Football Conference rival. After all, Denver is a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl next season.

Whether it’s Tom Brady or Peyton Manning throwing the ball, Welker is the winner. Continuing to make millions, being in a place where you’re wanted and catching balls thrown by a future Hall of Famer can’t be all bad.

In this case, Kraft wasn’t so crafty. (Apologies.)

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