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March 16, 2013

Belichick and Welker needed to split

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If Welker felt slighted for not starting in last season’s opener or for sitting the first quarter two years ago when he told those “footie” references during N.Y. Jets week (playing of Rex Ryan’s foot fetish), then that’s his prerogative.

But he should know by now that the Patriots are run a certain way, a way that has a proven track record. Sure, it seems to be a little nutty sometimes, with grown men having their voices suppressed and talking like robots, but with Belichick around that is the way it’s always going to be.

I don’t fault a pro football player going for the most money. They deserve every penny they can get. Most will have some football-related football ailment when their careers are over and they deserve to be compensated for it, particularly when the sport has surpassed baseball as our nation’s pastime.

Would I have signed Welker to a two-year deal for $12 million? Yup.

If I was Welker, would I have signed for two years with the Patriots, with incentives to make $16 million (or $4 million more than he’ll make with the Broncos)? Indeed.

There is obviously a personality clash here. You know what happens when personalities clash? You get counseling. Or you split up.

Welker will never be forgotten in this space. I can not say how many times I said, “He’s amazing.” Maybe 1,000 times. Maybe more.

Rather than participate in the rock fight going on, though, maybe it’s time to look at this differently.

Welker gets to play with Peyton Manning, who is on a par with Brady. And the Patriots potentially get a Welker-in-the-making in Danny Amendola.

Let’s be honest, it will be fun comparing notes.

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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