New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft delivered several messages Monday at the NFL meetings.
He claimed his team’s contract offer to Wes Welker was better than what the receiver got in Denver. Kraft said Welker’s agent, David Dunn, "misrepresented" Welker’s market value.
And Kraft made it clear who is boss in New England.
When asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being upset that Welker left after Brady reworked his own contract, Kraft said: "I don’t answer to Tom Brady. He’s an important member of the team and we chatted. … He has never put a demand" on the Patriots.
Welker got a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos. Kraft said Welker could have received $8 million in the first year of a two-year contract with New England worth $10 million overall, as opposed to $6 million he gets in Denver.
"And there is no guarantee that he plays the second year there," Kraft added.
Dunn did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press for comment.
Around the league
Playoffs • The NFL will not add teams to the playoffs for the 2013 season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason, commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday at the owners meetings in Phoenix.
Retirees • The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
Broncos • Denver safety Quinton Carter was confused by the rules of a craps game, and wasn’t trying to cheat before he was arrested at a Las Vegas-area casino March 9, his attorney Andrew Leavitt said Monday. Carter faces three felony charges of fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. Security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice had already rolled.
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