You'll never hear it from anyone in Foxboro, but Wes Welker's not a Patriot any more. He's free to speak.
And he confirms: Tom Brady was, indeed, angry that the Pats lost Welker to the Denver Broncos in free agency.
"You know, after it happened, obviously we talked and everything like that," Welker told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "He was upset about it, and part of me was a little upset about it too . . .
"It is [a bummer], but I think he understands it, and I understand it . . . It's been going on for years and years. I'm not the first [Patriots] player that this happened to, and I definitely won't be the last."
Silver also noted that Welker "wasn't surprised by the Patriots' lukewarm efforts to keep him and that the organizational enthusiasm he received from the Broncos buoyed his spirits. 'Absolutely,' Welker said. 'Feeling wanted -- it's a good feeling.' "
As for owner Robert Kraft's assertion that Welker's agents "misrepresented, in their mind, what his market value was" and the Patriots' offer "was better than what in fact he got from Denver," Welker responded:
"I mean, I think different people are gonna say different things at different times. And I'm sure there's a lot of things I've said in the media that I wish I could have back. But you live and you learn, that's just the way it is. I have all the respect and admiration for Mr. Kraft and everything he's done and how he treated me while I was there, so it doesn't really bother me at all."
And the difference between Denver and New England?
"I feel like I can be myself a little more for sure."