|Scott Pioli: ‘Complex’ situation involving Wes Welker||03.13.13 at 4:38 pm ET|
Former Patriots GM Scott Pioli, currently working as a guest analyst for NFL Network, spoke Wednesday afternoon about the fluid situation involving free agent wide receiver Wes Welker, who is reportedly now in serious talks about a new deal with the Broncos.
“This is so complex,” said Pioli on the NFL Network. “There are so many different stories going on here. David Dunn, the agent for Wes Welker, has picked a team and a situation [in the Denver Broncos] that can certainly tweak the Patriots. This is very intentional; whether it’s true or whether it’s not true, it’s is very intentional and that’s what agents unfortunately do. One of the things I’ve been talking about with a couple of people here is the Wes Welker dynamic.
“There are so many layers of stuff here. Wes Welker has been a Patriot, he’s had great success – he is an icon in that town; he’s rock star. What you’ve seen from the Patriots is players that leave the Patriots – whether it’s Deion Branch, David Givens, the list goes on and on – the time goes by and then they fall off from a performance standpoint…This is [Welker’s] last contract. He has to make a lifetime decision here as to what’s best for him and what he needs. Obviously there are some frayed relationships here because he wanted more money in another contract. There are so many dynamics at work here.”
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