New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke on Wes Welker leaving the team Thursday morning and said that he’s not surprised at the move because it’s the nature of the business in the NFL.
“I don’t think anything surprises me anymore in the NFL,” he said on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” on WEEI sports radio in Boston. “I’ve been around long enough to see things happen at different times with the greatest players of all, whether that’s Wes or Randy Moss being traded by the Raiders or Brett Favre and playing for the Jets and Vikings.”
“That’s what happens. This is a, like I said, it’s a very tough, competitive business, and nobody appreciated Wes more than I did and what he was able to accomplish for our team. He’s moved on; he’s in a good situation with another great team and a great quarterback. We always kind of kept in touch, we always will. He’s one of my best friends.”
Brady has never been shy about speaking out in appreciation of Welker, who caught more balls than any other player in the NFL for the past six seasons. Even though Brady did lose a very close friend to free agency, he wouldn’t say he’s exactly angry or disappointed at the move.
“Of course I have feelings, but those feelings are very personal to me,” he said. “I used to get caught up in angry and disappointment, but I don’t make the decisions. These things aren’t up to me. At some point you’ve got to realize the things that are out of your control, you’ve just got to let go, focus on my job and what I need to do. The game moves on, the team moves on, there’s only so long you can dwell on the past, and at some point you’ve got to move forward.
“Like I said, my job for my team is to be the best quarterback and not the general manager, not the coach and not the owner,” Brady added. “It’s to try to go out there and bring my own competitiveness to the field so that those guys that I’m playing with this year can rely on me and count on me to be the best I can be.”