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Tom Brady on Wes Welker: Nothing ‘surprises me anymore’

Tom Brady has adjusting to the fact he won’t be throwing to Wes Welker. (Charles Krupa / AP)

If Tom Brady was surprised that the New England Patriots allowed Wes Welker to depart for the Denver Broncos, he wasn’t revealing it.

“I don’t think anything surprises me anymore in the NFL,” Brady said of losing his favorite wide receiver on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan Show.” “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 wouldn’t say exactly what his emotions were over losing Welker, whether he was disappointed, angry or a mixture of both.

“Of course, I have feelings, but those feelings are very personal to me. I used to get caught up in anger and disappointment, but I don’t make the decisions. These things aren’t up to me,” he said. “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.”

Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he’s “never felt better throwing the football” after working with quarterback trainer Tom House, who replaced the late Tom Martinez in the role of Brady whisperer. Although he agreed to a contract extension that created over $15 million in cap space for the Patriots, Brady told WEEI that his gesture wasn’t predicated on bringing Welker back.

“I have all the trust in the world that [owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and Coach [Bill] Belichick will do that,” he said. “… 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 last year. I know we have a good team. We’ve just got to do a few more things better. Hopefully that will lead to more success.”

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · May 23, 2013