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March 20, 2013

Welker, and his agents, blew opportunity to stay with Pats

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Reports surfaced the next day that Dunn and Murphy, in negotiations with the Broncos, had made a last ditch call to the Patriots on Wednesday to see if they had a counter offer.

They were told it was too late, that Amendola had already signed a new contract the night before.

It was not a banner negotiation for Dunn and Murphy, who led Welker to believe they would be able to get him at least $20 million or more in guarantees and/or about $8 million to $9 million per year.

Belichick has received a lot of criticism of late due to his dealings with Welker, and the fact that a personality clash may have led to their split.

But it appears it had more to do money and gambling, which in the end didn’t appear to pay off for Welker.

If the goal of Welker’s representatives was to stay with the Patriots and get the most money they could for their client, they failed.

If their goal was to leave and get more money elsewhere, like Adam Vinatieri, Richard Seymour, Ty Law and Asanta Samuel did in previous years, they failed.

If their goal was to leave and make less money than they would have over the next two years here in New England, well, Dunn and Murphy succeeded.

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

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