Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/19/13
When reports arose Monday that the Patriots had never given Wes Welker a fresh offer, it seemed fitting. While the narrative running up to this offseason was always that the Patriots wanted Welker back, with the price the sticking point, the evidence provided over recent weeks only indicated that New England never planned for Welker to return. With the Patriots quick to move on to slot receiver Danny Amendola and Welker reading the signs and going to Denver, all that was left was for both sides to tip their caps and acknowledge that, despite the public posturing, Welker was never coming back to New England. Then, on Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave his view of the situation, sharing lengthy comments about the negotiations of the usually tight-lipped club. In what appeared to be a move to save face after proclaiming that he wanted Welker to be a "Patriot for life," Kraft was emphatic that the Pats wanted Welker back and had made moves to get him. He said the problem was tha...
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