New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft told the media today that Wes Welker’s agent David Dunn “over valued” his client during negotiations.
Kraft claimed Dunn “way over-valued”Welker’s worth, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported. Kraft met with a group of reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Monday. Dunn told Comcast SportsNet New England’s Tom Curran that the Patriots never made an offer. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported the Patriots made a final offer of two years at $10 millionthat could have increased to $16 million with incentives.
Kraft also claimed that re-signing Welker was their top priority and that Danny Amendola was their fall back option.
Kraft also made it sound like their offer to Welker was larger than the one he accepted from the Broncos.
Kraft told reporters the Welker offer would have included $8 million in the first year and the Denver deal is essentially a one-year contract. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported theDenver Broncos deal was two years at $12 million. Reiss, who has covered the Patriots since 1997, said he’s never seen the Patriots give such intricate details of a contract negotiation.