When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signed a contract extension this offseason, there was a belief that he did it in order to help the team re-sign Wes Welker because Brady’s deal opened an additional $15 million in cap space over the next two seasons. Yet, the Patriots and Welker never really got close before the receiver darted to Denver. Brady made sure to clear up any perceptions about that philosophy when he spoke to WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan yesterday. “Those aren’t my demands,” Brady said. “I want us to field as competitive a team as we possibly can, and I have all the trust in the world that Mr. (Robert) Kraft and Jonathan (Kraft) and coach (Bill) Belichick will do that. There’s nothing about me — I don’t say that. I’m not the general manager. I can’t say, ‘Look, I do this, you do this.’ That’s what my decision was. “That was kind of a value proposition for me, wanting to be in this system with coach Belichick and the other players that I’ve been able to play with. I think we are going to field a competitive team. It’s competitive thus far through the offseason conditioning program and through the OTAs thus far. “We’ve been close. We were in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the AFC Championship (Game) last year. I know we have a good team. It’s just, we’ve got to do a few more things better. Hopefully, that will lead to more success.” Brady said he has become numb to the business side of the NFL. “Nobody appreciated Wes more than I did and what he was able to accomplish for our team, but he’s moved on. He’s in a good situation with another great team and a great quarterback. We’ve always kind of kept in touch. We always will. He’s one of my best friends. I certainly wish him the best.” When Welker signed with the Broncos, there was a report that Brady was livid over the situation, but he said that he’s kept his feelings internal.
Tom Brady: I don’t make personnel decisions
Boston Herald | May 25