If the NFL Draft Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is the league's annual convention, the League Meetings are its Spring Break. Here in Phoenix, owners lounge by the pool with their grandkids, coaches eat nachos with their assistants, agents puff their chests and writers mill around the lobby in polo shirts and kaki shorts, looking for the next big scoop. In addition to seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick chat with Marvin Lewis, you can see Greg Schiano, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, and Mike Shanahan having lunch -- as they did on Monday.
Here were Day 1's 5 Biggest Takeaways:
1. The Patriots did not want to see Wes Welker go.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was surprisingly candid in response to questions around Wes Welker's leaving New England on Monday. Standing in front of the Biltmore hotel, Kraft came out swinging: "Everyone in our organization wanted Wes Welker back. Anyone who doubts that, or thinks we weren't serious, just doesn't get it."
The owner took some not so subtle shots at W...