BY NICK ST. DENIS
Last month, former Patriots defender Willie McGinest criticized Wes Welker for his "diva attitude" in Welker's handling of his contract situation with New England.
“I’m cool with Wes. I never had a problem with him in the beginning. I was just trying to give him the blueprint of how things go down (in Foxboro),” McGinest said last week, according to the Boston Herald. “If you’re franchised, and you have a chance to make $9.5 million, grab it. It’s more than half of your last contract. If they want to franchise you again next year, that number goes up. That’s $20 million in two years. That’s quarterback money."
McGinest went on to explain that the business side holds more weight for the Patriots than relationships on a personal level. Which is how it should be, as that's how great teams are built.
"... Just be smart about the moves you make, and understand how the game works, and understand how the Patriots do business. And your worth to them," McGinest said. "Understanding that, they make decisions based on business, and not because they love you to death, or what you have done for them. They’re one of the best in the business at doing that. That’s why they’re so successful.
"The other thing you have to remember (is that) they brought other players in there. . . . so you’re expendable. It’s a plug-and-play system.”
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