Wes Welker on D&C: ‘You’ve just got to move on’
|06.20.13 at 9:14 am ET|
Former Patriots receiver Wes Welker, now a member of the Broncos, joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning and continued to insist he has no hard feelings toward his former organization for letting him go this offseason, saying that he wants to “put all of that stuff in the past.”
“It’s part of the business,” Welker said. “Obviously, I’m 32 years old. I’m sure that played a factor. There’s all different things like that. It’s just part of the business. I’m sure as fans, just like players, you don’t always like it or agree with it. It’s just the way it is and there’s really nothing you can do about it. There’s no reason to get hung up on it. You’ve just got to move on and move forward.”
Welker noted he’s “always had a good relationship” with Bill Belichick, and he said he accepts that the Patriots had their reasons for playing hardball in contract discussions and wanting to consider other options.
“In negotiations they use whatever they can against you, and all those things,” he said. “Everybody’s going to say what they need to say to help their side of the negotiation. That’s just the way it is. You know what you have and believe in yourself and knowing what you can do and going out there and being able to execute the way you need to execute and making sure that you’re staying on top of your body and eating right and getting massages and doing those things so you can play for a long time, and doing the right things whenever it comes to that so you can.”
Despite having more catches than any other receiver over the last six years, Welker often does not get the respect of some of the league’s more flashy pass-catchers.
“Really, I [couldn’t] care less, really, to be honest with you,” he said. “I play to win the game. Whatever observations or opinions people want to have, that’s their prerogative. But for me, I just want to go out there and help my team win.”
Welker famously was benched for the opening series of the Patriots-Jets playoff game in January 2011 after subtly tweaking Jets coach Rex Ryan in a press conference a few days before the game. Welker said he doesn’t question Belichick’s decision to punish him — at least not publicly.
“That’s not my call,” he said. “It’s not my decision. It doesn’t really matter what I think or anything else. What happened, happened. I wish I could take it back, but it is what it is.”
Asked what he’ll miss about Boston, Welker responded: “Just the atmosphere. Like you talked about, the restaurants, everything else. Everything else about the city of Boston that I made a home in and everything like that. And the fans. That constant emotion that they have about their team and how they wanted that success for them. I’ll definitely miss all that.”