Only Ray Allen may be able to sympathize with Wes Welker.
The Celtics ownership did to Ray what the Patriots ownership did to Wes.
Whatever fancy words emanated from the front offices of those two Boston franchises, the truth was neither player is or was in the long-term future for their respective team.
Each team signed a replacement for the upcoming season before calling the slighted star that brought a championship to Boston.
Each man has been a paragon of philanthropic and public relations bonhomie for New England.
Each player has asked for an ounce of loyalty-and was shunned like they wanted a pound of flesh.
The Celtics and the Patriots both offered their favored player a contract worth about $9Million; neither was keen on it.
We foresee Welker taking out a full-page advertisement in the Boston newspapers when he travels one season deeper down that yellow brick road.
Ray had friends in the most influential of Celtics-Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, for all the good it did him. And, Wes Welker has Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on speed dial, but Tom may be too busy learning the names of all the replacements Bill Belichick has lined up in lieu of Welker. And, Gronk can't find his underpants.
Ray and Wes may have noticed that the age card has been dropped on them, but also noticed that Kevin Garnett and Tom Brady are even older, but more revered in Bean Town than a minuteman or a leprechaun.
If Wes Welker wants to bemoan his fate, he need not be alone.
He should give Ray Allen a ring. Come to think of it-both already have a championship ring from playing in Boston.