- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Patriots receiver Wes Welker was a guest on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” program on Wednesday morning, and he was asked about one media-based storyline regarding his departure from New England: Did the negotiation become personal?
“No, I don’t think so. I think a lot of it is just business,” Welker responded to hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (listen HERE). “It’s kind of the unfortunate part of the business, but it is what it is. You try to find what works for you, as far as financially and as a player and everything else. I think at the end of the day, fortunately or unfortunately, it kind of just worked out the way it did.”
It was pointed out to Welker that there are several big, strong, fast outside receivers who have been paid big bucks, but it’s been tougher for smaller pass-catchers like himself to strike it rich. He was asked if he felt appreciated for his work in New England.
“Yeah, I think so, absolutely,” he answered. “I think everything worked out really well for everybody. It was a good run and I look forward to keeping that run going in Denver.”
Welker touched on how both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have links when it comes to being extremely accurate, as well as their football smarts and decision-making. Welker said he had dinner with Manning in South Florida recently, and the two will start working together on the field next week, while adding that he has remained in contact with Brady.
As for being referred to as “Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker,” Welker said: “It sounds a little different, but I’m getting used to it.”
Welker's appearance was part of a promotion for "The Great American Try-on."