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Tom Brady loves Wes Welker, but when it comes to a new deal for WR, ‘none of those things are really up to me’

05.30.12 at 12:29 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Wes Welker have maintained their close bond this offseason, and Brady said he's supportive of the receiver in Welker's attempts to get a long-term contract from the Patriots. (AP)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave a very diplomatic response when he was asked Wednesday morning by WEEI about the possibility of wide receiver Wes Welker landing a long-term deal with the team.

“I wish there was an easy answer,” Brady said of Welker, who recently signed his one-year franchise tender. “I always support Wes. None of those decisions are up to me, and these things end up working themselves out at some point. I don’t know how or when or who or why, but sometimes I get emotionally involved in those types of situations and it doesn’t work that well for me so I just try to support him as a friend.

“We’re all in this business, and it’s a tough business, and you always hope for the best. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I love Wes, I’d love to have him here for as long as I’m playing. But none of those things are really up to me.”

Regardless of what happens with Welker and the Patriots, it’s clear the quarterback and the wide receiver have formed a special bond in their five years as teammates in New England.

“We’re two people who spend a lot of time together,” said Brady, who was caught by paparazzi on a beach with the wide receiver after the Super Bowl loss to the Giants. “We know what each other is going through. A lot of times your girlfriends or your wives can’t really console because they don’t truly understand what we put in weekly to try to be at our best. They definitely see from the outside of what we have to do to prepare each week. But no one’s really inside of our building in Foxboro and sees the kind of pressure and scrutiny that  all those players are out there to perform.

“You go through it and you talk through it and you support each other. Our team has always done a good job of that, every player on our team. Because I think we all do have a closeness about us that we’re concerned with how people are mourning a loss or mourning something that may be really important in somebody else’s life.

“My teammates are my best friends. That’s the way it’s always been, that’s the way it’s always going to be.”

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