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08:03 AM ET 05.10 | In New England, business is business. [Tom Brady] spent time with teammate Wes Welker last weekend at the Kentucky Derby. Between the schmoozing and excitement of horse racing, Brady should have given his top receiver a subtle message and said, "Buddy, it's time to get back to work." ... Welker is facing an uphill battle he cannot win. Many have tried before him and failed. Welker is not the exception. Welker has yet to sign his franchise tender and hasn't decided how long he's going to protest New England's one-year, $9.5 million offer. The potential distraction has been held to a minimum thus far, but it would only grow stronger if Welker continued to skip New England's offseason program.

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May 10, 2012  08:06 AM ET

The Pats have about 10 receivers so it might be wise for Welker to get a move on and get to Foxboro real soon.

May 10, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Only $9.5 mil? The poor guy will be eating cat food and sleeping in a cardboard box. I bet the cardboard won't even be the corrugated kind.

May 10, 2012  08:09 AM ET

He didn't really strike me as the type to play these games but I guess success can go to your head. He's got a good thing going and I'll bet that playing out the offer would serve him well whether with the Pats or someplace else come next season.

May 10, 2012  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Only $9.5 mil? The poor guy will be eating cat food and sleeping in a cardboard box. I bet the cardboard won't even be the corrugated kind.

Maybe he could pick up a side gig maintaining Tom Terrific's hair.

May 10, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Well well well.... If it isn't the diva himself.

May 10, 2012  08:17 AM ET

GO CAPS!!!

May 10, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He didn't really strike me as the type to play these games but I guess success can go to your head. He's got a good thing going and I'll bet that playing out the offer would serve him well whether with the Pats or someplace else come next season.

It's a lot of cash but I think you can see what Welker is miffed about, he's a lot closer to the end of his career than the beginning so is this the one year handshake?I think after all the service he's given them they would sign him to a deal to see him a Pat until the end of his career, but that's the 21st century NFL.

May 10, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Huge Patriot fan and this kind of thing makes me so mad. Welker isnt one of those guys who signs a contract one year and wants a bigger one the next year. He should be paid. He even came off that injury in record time because he wanted to play.

May 10, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's a lot of cash but I think you can see what Welker is miffed about, he's a lot closer to the end of his career than the beginning so is this the one year handshake?I think after all the service he's given them they would sign him to a deal to see him a Pat until the end of his career, but that's the 21st century NFL.

On a different team maybe. The Pats have never let loyalty get in the way of business; thinking Seymour.

Things really have changed because I'd have thought the Steelers would retain Ward for another year or two rather than what happened this off-season. Maybe Favre set this off for everyone by trying to hold the Pack hostage.

May 10, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's a lot of cash but I think you can see what Welker is miffed about, he's a lot closer to the end of his career than the beginning so is this the one year handshake?I think after all the service he's given them they would sign him to a deal to see him a Pat until the end of his career, but that's the 21st century NFL.

Belichik has mastered the art of pushing them out the door when they think he's just patting them on the back.

May 10, 2012  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

GO CAPS!!!

Great win........one to go........

May 10, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Wes, your getting the only deal you will get from the Patriots. Sign the tender and get ready to put your house on the market. You're gone next season.

May 10, 2012  08:34 AM ET

9.5 million. Sign the offer

May 10, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's a lot of cash but I think you can see what Welker is miffed about, he's a lot closer to the end of his career than the beginning so is this the one year handshake?I think after all the service he's given them they would sign him to a deal to see him a Pat until the end of his career, but that's the 21st century NFL.

That's part of the reason the Pats stay so good year in and year out. Emotions and past performance play no part in their decision making. It's all about what they project your gonna do for them in the upcoming year, if they feel Welker is nearing the end he's not gonna get a long contract, simple as that. Don't get me wrong, I love Welker and hope they do keep him for a few more years cause I think he has plenty left in the tank, but I'm not Belichick and whatever decision he makes I'm sure it's the right one.

May 10, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Pats have about 10 receivers so it might be wise for Welker to get a move on and get to Foxboro real soon.

True, but there's only one Wes Welker.

May 10, 2012  08:39 AM ET

If I were him, I'd take the $9.5million. Most of his success is due to the system he's in. Someone needs to remind Wes Welker that he's not the next Jerry Rice.

May 10, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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On a different team maybe. The Pats have never let loyalty get in the way of business; thinking Seymour.Things really have changed because I'd have thought the Steelers would retain Ward for another year or two rather than what happened this off-season. Maybe Favre set this off for everyone by trying to hold the Pack hostage.

I also thought that the Steelers would give Hines one more year but you know it's a different story here, Welker is not thinking about retiring. Just seems like they would want him to be the guy that he has been for them for the past years, but yeah that is the reality of the game today

May 10, 2012  08:44 AM ET

$9.5 is the only number the Pats could put out there. That is the tag number for WR this year.
They can do the same thing next year. He really has no choice, and it is all guaranteed money when you tag a guy.

Note: This is why the other 30 owners were so pi##ed at the cowboys and Redskins for playing around in that uncapped year. Miles Austin got $17 million that year from the cowboys ( 2010 ), that RAISED the franchise tag number for receivers by about $1.5 million.

Now ya know.....

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May 10, 2012  08:49 AM ET

sign the tender Wes. Hines Ward had 2 years left on his final contract, the Steelers cut him, these long term contracts mean doodle-squat.

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