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Robert Kraft: I want Wes Welker to be a Patriot for life

Robert Kraft, Wes Welker

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, is greeted by wide receiver Wes Welker prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


In another sign that Wes Welker seems likely to stay with the Patriots, owner Robert Kraft said he’s eager to get a deal done with the team’s leading receiver.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, Kraft stressed the importance of keeping Welker around.

“I love Wes Welker. I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady,” Kraft said, via Darren Rovell of ESPN.

Although there’s been some talk that Welker worries his role in New England might be reduced, Kraft made clear that the team wants to get a deal done.

“We want Wes. We really do,” Kraft said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

The Patriots should want Welker: He’s gone over 110 catches for two straight years in their offense. But the fact that the two sides still haven’t been able to get a deal done suggests that Welker doesn’t think Kraft’s contract offer is as generous as his words.