Kraft claimed Dunn "way overvalued" Welker's worth, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Monday, when Kraft met with a group of reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting. Dunn told Comcast SportsNet New England's Tom Curran that the Patriots never made an offer. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss had reported the Patriots made a final offer of two years at $10 million that might have increased to $16 million with incentives.
Kraft told reporters the Welker offer would have included $8 million in the first year and the Denver deal essentially is a one-year contract. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the Denver 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.
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That's a whole lot of he-said, he-said, but it's hard to believe the Patriots didn't make any offer with all the numbers and scenarios that have surfaced. At the same time, it's virtually impossible to know exactly what happened without a paper trail. I wouldn't want to be a Dunn client with aspirations of signing with the Patriots.
Note: Some expected Tom Brady to be outraged with losing his favorite target and good friend. Brady restructured his deal, in part, to give the organization cap relief. That space, obviously, wasn't used on Welker.
Kraft said Brady isn't upset and never demanded that Welker be kept. He also threw this in:
"I don't answer to Tom Brady," Kraft said.
All right, then.
UPDATE: Dunn's Athletes First released a statement to NFL.com's Albert Breer in response to Kraft's comments.
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