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How Wes Welker fumbled contract leverage

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10:31 AM ET 02.17 | If Wes Welker was as brave going into a contract negotiation as he is going across the middle, he wouldn't be in the predicament he is today. If there's one thing men plying Welker's trade want to avoid it's being a defenseless receiver, yet that is exactly what he has allowed himself to become as he enters free agency next month. Surely, it is difficult for Welker to look at all he's accomplished the past six years and see himself that way, but it is a bed he made for himself beginning when he first arrived in 2007 and agreed to a five-year extension that quickly became vastly undervalued. He made the same mistake in 2010 when he was coming off three straight 100-catch seasons, had outperformed his contract and was surrounded by a suspect receiving corps. For a guy who understands leverage so well on the field, Welker seemed to have no clue about it at the negotiating table. What he should have done then was what helped make Logan Mankins, Richard Seymour and Deion Branch rich. He should have gone to Aruba instead of training camp.

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February 17, 2013  10:35 AM ET

What is this reporter talking about? Walkers in line for a pretty nice contract somewhere I'm sure.

February 17, 2013  10:35 AM ET

*welker*

February 17, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Not caring. They're all overpaid, and most are idiots who can't balance a checkbook.

February 17, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not caring. They're all overpaid, and most are idiots who can't balance a checkbook.

Every time I think that same thought I ask myself just what dollar amount I would need to accept that I would have chronic pain and limited mobility for the rest of a shorter than normal life. I can't stay mad at these guys for getting every penny they can. At least not when they honor their contracts, as Welker has.

February 17, 2013  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Every time I think that same thought I ask myself just what dollar amount I would need to accept that I would have chronic pain and limited mobility for the rest of a shorter than normal life. I can't stay mad at these guys for getting every penny they can. At least not when they honor their contracts, as Welker has.

QFT!

February 17, 2013  11:23 AM ET

I'd like to see him stay in NE

February 17, 2013  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'd like to see him stay in NE

So would he. Anyplace else in the NFL, except maybe Denver, he becomes third option and his stats are cut instantly in half. Nobody's paying 15 million for a 5-8 jitterbug slot back.

February 17, 2013  11:44 AM ET

go to buffalo bills, they pay and respect their players. as an added bonus ypu have 2 games each year to stick a screwdriver sideway up ne's you know where.

February 17, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

go to buffalo bills, they pay and respect their players. as an added bonus ypu have 2 games each year to stick a screwdriver sideway up ne's you know where.

Right because with Fitzpatrick and Tavaris throwing him the ball, he's gonna light up the AFC!

February 17, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Wow. Advice on contract negotiation from a guy who writes for the Herald. I'm pretty sure that Welker lives in a nicer home than the writer. And I'm damn sure that Welker is better at his job than the writer is at his.

February 17, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

go to buffalo bills, they pay and respect their players. as an added bonus ypu have 2 games each year to stick a screwdriver sideway up ne's you know where.

the true extra added benefit: no uncertainty about when your last game of the season will be played.

February 17, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

the true extra added benefit: no uncertainty about when your last game of the season will be played.

And in Buffalo, they won't have to pay a statistician to count up to 100 receptions. Think of the savings!

February 17, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Isn't this subject tied to the reasons players have agents?

February 17, 2013  01:06 PM ET

Tearing an ACL and dropping a first down pass to ice a super bowl doesn't help either.

February 17, 2013  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

go to buffalo bills, they pay and respect their players. as an added bonus ypu have 2 games each year to stick a screwdriver sideway up ne's you know where.

Right...Buffalo has sure beat the crap out of the Pats the last few years, haven't they?

Since 2000...Pats 23 wins, Bills 3. I don't think that screwdriver is going up NE's anything. More like the other way around.

February 17, 2013  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Wow. Advice on contract negotiation from a guy who writes for the Herald. I'm pretty sure that Welker lives in a nicer home than the writer. And I'm damn sure that Welker is better at his job than the writer is at his.

I've heard from many a Boston fan at Ron Borges is a knucklehead.

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February 17, 2013  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I've heard from many a Boston fan at Ron Borges is a knucklehead.

Most sports writers in Boston fit that description, but Borges is in a neck and neck race with Shaughnessy for the top spot.

February 17, 2013  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Most sports writers in Boston fit that description, but Borges is in a neck and neck race with Shaughnessy for the top spot.

I guess every market has a couple... We have Galloway.


Of course - we gave Bayless to the world so we get extra points.

 
February 17, 2013  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Every time I think that same thought I ask myself just what dollar amount I would need to accept that I would have chronic pain and limited mobility for the rest of a shorter than normal life. I can't stay mad at these guys for getting every penny they can. At least not when they honor their contracts, as Welker has.

good point

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