Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 3/19/13
Athletes First, the agency that represents new Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker released a statement to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, claiming that the Patriots took a pretty hard stance on what they were offering their client, with no room for negotiation at all. To put it bluntly - take it or leave it. "We do not wish to rehash each step of the recent negotiations," Athletes First wrote. "Nor would we ever question a team's negotiation approach as each NFL front office is entitled to the presumption of professionalism. However, we are cognizant of Mr. Kraft's close friendship with Wes Welker and understand his frustration. In that light, we are not offended by Mr. Kraft's statements regarding Athletes First's role in the negotiation and are confident that Mr. Kraft has great respect for the work we do on behalf of our clients. "We do, however, feel the need to clarify some of the confusion surrounding these negotiations. Specifically, both sides are clear that the Patriots made one offer to Wes Welker since the prior negotiations ended in July 2012. Both sides also agree that this two-year offer came just hours before the start of free agency despite discussions that began at the NFL Combine. Moreover, this lone offer was presented as a "take it or leave it offer." When we asked if there was room for structural changes, we were told no. We made a counter-offer for the same term and same maximum dollar amount as their offer and it was rejected. We inquired if any of the offer's components were negotiable and were told no. This refusal to actually negotiate made it easy to reject the Patriots offer. Nevertheless, when we received the Denver Broncos' offer, Wes personally talked to Mr. Kraft to give the Patriots the opportunity to match it. The Patriots rejected this opportunity and Wes signed with the Denver Broncos. "Despite Mr. Kraft's impression to the contrary, the Patriots representatives who participated in these phone calls never indicated that the team "would have even gone up" on their offer, or that these discussions occurred "before we thought we were going into free agency." Instead, the Patriots made it abundantly clear that their one offer was non-negotiable. Athletes First has no issue with this approach and casts no blame on either side for a deal not being consummated. However, we believe it is important that the negotiations are accurately portrayed in the media." Read the rest of the statement >
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