Wes Welker and the Patriots had a bit of a messy divorce this past offseason when Welker chose to sign with the Denver Broncos for two years and $12 million instead of re-upping with New England for two years and $10 million (plus incentives).

Turns out Welker left the Patriots for more than monetary reasons.

Welker and three Broncos teammates — Peyton Manning Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas — are featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated and Welker said one of the reasons he left New England was because Bill Belichick “got on him in a way he never had before admonishing him in front of the team” wrote SI’s Chris Ballard.

“It was just kind of hard” Welker said. “One of those deals where you have to endure him put up with him . . . But he does it to everybody it’s the way he is.”

Welker splashed across the cover in a spread-eagle pose is now free to be himself in Denver but he is still a bit paranoid about violating Belichick’s media rules.

“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think” Welker said “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”

Welker said he considered signing with only two teams — Denver and New England — and that he’s going to miss Tom Brady whom he grew to appreciate over his six seasons with the Patriots calling him his big brother and best friend.