Truth & Rumors > NFL

Patriots gambling on motivated Welker?

Views
17178
Comments
58

07:25 AM ET 07.17 | The saga with Wes Welker and the Patriots will continue into next spring, if not longer. The two sides were in communication about a contract extension yesterday, but they couldn't reach anything before the deadline, according to a source. As a result, Welker will play under the franchise tag this season, and he'll earn $9.5 million in guaranteed money. It might still cost the Patriots more money than it could have this offseason, but that's the gamble they made by forcing Welker to prove his worth again in 2012. Welker will take it to heart, too. Sources close to the receiver said he worked out last offseason with these contract negotiations in mind. He wanted to show the Patriots that he could fully recover from the knee injury that limited him in 2010, and he had the best statistical season of his career with 122 receptions (one shy of his career high) for personal bests of 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. The 31-year-old will be motivated to bring it again, as he has through his football life.

Boston Herald

Wes Welker, Icon SMI Wes Welker, Icon SMI
Comment #1 has been removed
July 17, 2012  07:35 AM ET

Over-rated Diva.

July 17, 2012  07:39 AM ET

If you're not willing to pay a player like Wes Welker, who will you pay? Wes earns his money every play.

July 17, 2012  07:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Over-rated Diva.

Are you out of your mind?

July 17, 2012  07:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Are you out of your mind?

Nah... Just have my own opinion.

Comment #6 has been removed
July 17, 2012  07:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nah... Just have my own opinion.

I'm out of my mind... in general.

July 17, 2012  07:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nah... Just have my own opinion.

Okay. Was just checking.

July 17, 2012  07:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Morning Clem......Youk had a great homecoming in Beantown...........

Yes he did.


In a loss.

July 17, 2012  07:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you're not willing to pay a player like Wes Welker, who will you pay? Wes earns his money every play.

This is how the team operates.

July 17, 2012  07:49 AM ET

I feel a big time Dez Bryant thread coming on....

July 17, 2012  07:52 AM ET

I think we may see Welker in another uniform next season as the Pats try to develop some young blood. They are the Ronald Reagan of the NFL. "We will not negotiate with players."

July 17, 2012  08:05 AM ET

Welker is worth $9.5 M per season, too bad they couldn't come to a long tern deal, but that amount is not chicken feed...

July 17, 2012  08:10 AM ET

There is nothing to prevent them from continuing to negotiate. They've done this before, and they'll do it again. Welker plans to be in camp, and to be a big part of the offense just like he's always been. They may have a negotiated deal before the season starts, despite the article's contention that it will go into next year.

July 17, 2012  08:17 AM ET

This is playing out exactly to the Patriots' wishes. Welker is over 30. He already had his multi-year contract. Moving forward, Pats aren't all that interested in multi-year contracts for him.

July 17, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They may have a negotiated deal before the season starts, despite the article's contention that it will go into next year.

right..keep in mind where the story was published.

July 17, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Brees signed, 5 years, 100 million.

July 17, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Not that 9.5 mill is anything to balk at but it doesn't offer the long term security that these players look for. It's a slap in the face by the Patriots for all that this guy has done for the team. Yes, Wes is on the backend of his career but his contributions have helped make that team what it is. The paid Gronk his money (he deserves it as well). If I was a young player looking at this it would serve as a deterent for me wanting to put down roots. Another reason why I can't stand the Pats, CHEATERS AND STINGY!

Comment #19 has been removed
 
Comment #20 has been removed

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    2223
    Comments
    230
  2. 2
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    1746
    Comments
    139
  3. 3
    Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby
    Views
    428
    Comments
    88
  4. 4
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    6427
    Comments
    87
  5. 5
    Oklahoma State pays Peyton Manning $105K for speech
    Views
    644
    Comments
    25

SI.com

SI Photos