Breer: How Denver landed Welker
The first thing out of Welker's mouth Thursday was a thank-you to the Patriots for everything they did for him in his six seasons. He made it clear it wasn't easy to leave New England.
"Yeah, that was definitely the hardest part was leaving Tom (Brady)," Welker said. "He's a great competitor, great player, great friend across the board. So I wish the best to him."
"I was probably the one pitching to (Elway)," Welker said. "Trying to make this happen and everything."
It was a strange, surreal news conference. Despite the countless reports about the lack of respect he felt from the Patriots, Welker didn't publicly convey any animosity.
"Everything was on good terms," Welker said about his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "I feel like everything was good. Any time you are a competitor, you are going to clash at times. But overall we always had a great relationship. Everything's on good terms. I have no ill feelings or anything else."