Prior to the 2007 season, the Patriots signed Wes Welker to a five-year, 18 million contract. As Tom E. Curran points out, "Tom Brady pulls down in one year pretty much more than Welker has made over five."
So now, says Curran, it's time for the Pats to pay up.
"Truth: The Patriots have gotten over on Welker big time," Curran said Thursday night on 'Quick Slants'. "Look simply at how different this offense would be without him. His presence is as vital to this group as Tom Brady's is . . .
"Look, the money's going out the door. Logan Mankins cashed in and Vince Wilfork cashed in, both deservedly so. Welker deserves to get him some, too. And if he doesn't get it here, he owes it to himself to chase it elsewhere, even though he'll never be nearly as effective in another uniform, another program."
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on. ... Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.