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Friend hints that Welker wants new deal

Wes Welker’s frantic rehabilitation from ACL surgery was partially motivated by a surprising source.

“I think he’s crazy,” a friend of Welker that plays for another NFL team told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.  “He wants a new deal, and the Patriots have Julian Edelman lined up as his replacement. If I were Wes, I wouldn’t even consider coming back until October.”

Well, that’s something we didn’t think about before. There hasn’t been even of a whiff of contract talk surrounding the slot receiver.

Welker seems like the type to attack his rehab hard regardless, but he’s also undeniably one of the best bargains in football.  The Patriots signed Welker to a five-year, $18.1 million contract when they acquired him from Miami in March of 2007.

With two years left on the contract, it’s hard to imagine Welker getting paid again anytime soon.  The Patriots first have to sign Tom Brady, and then Welker has to show he’s all the way back.  Even if that happens early this season, a new deal would be a surprise.

Welker, of course, was not comfortable talking about the issue publicly.

“I’ve got two years left on my deal,” Welker said.  “I’m just here to play
ball. I just worry about doing my job and let everything else take care
of itself. I want to be out here to help my team win.”

Expect to hear that quote from Welker again when the vast Patriots media horde hears about Silver’s little knowledge bomb.

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21 Responses to “Friend hints that Welker wants new deal”
  1. HarrisonHits says: Aug 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    Welker will be a Patriot for the rest of his career in all likelihood. They’ll extend him in next year’s offseason so he doesn’t have to play the last year with the question hanging over his head.

  2. jsbeck says: Aug 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    Hes going to have to wait on this one…
    injury, the looming strike, good luck with that

  3. ampats says: Aug 10, 2010 5:01 PM

    And that my friends is the difference on how the New England Patriots players and organization conduct business.

  4. CollegeToPros says: Aug 10, 2010 5:03 PM

    F U mike silver. we got enough players begging for new deals and you have to come out with this random gossip.
    must be a jets fan

  5. TheWizard says: Aug 10, 2010 5:06 PM

    Even if true, the dude has too much class to go public with it.

  6. Belichick for President says: Aug 10, 2010 5:18 PM

    Yeah, Mike Silver of “Kraft/Brady Disconnect” fame. How did that work out? As well as Clayton’s “Brady Boycott’s Camp” story. He’s about as reliable as every other person who reports on the Patriots not named Mike Reiss.

  7. Bradwins says: Aug 10, 2010 5:18 PM

    If Michael Silver didn’t make things up he would never have any stories. Has there ever been a reporter with less credibility? Ever?

  8. db3300 says: Aug 10, 2010 5:22 PM

    Good luck with that new contract after missing a year from blowing a knee out. Of all teams, the Patriots are about the last team to throw big money at any player who is (almost) on the wrong side of 30 and is definitely on the wrong side of a healthy season.

  9. jjcruiser says: Aug 10, 2010 5:39 PM

    I’m so sick of his “trying to bring down the Patriots dynasty [not that it exists anymore] brick by brick and by any means possible” so-called journalism. He started the entire rumor-mongering about Brady/Kraft without a SINGLE quote or a SINGLE source. Here we go again. Is there any wonder he got schlopped-off Sports Illustrated for Yahoo?

  10. prophet of the light says: Aug 10, 2010 5:40 PM

    Michael Silver is a hack for a journalist and should be considered a lying snake at all times.
    This is probably 100% fabrication.

  11. CT Pats Fan says: Aug 10, 2010 5:46 PM

    Wait….the same Michael Silver that said there was a “growing disconnect” between Brady and the Patriots?
    That Michael Silver?

  12. Doctor Connors says: Aug 10, 2010 5:49 PM

    The same bozo Mike Silver who said there was tension between Brady and Kraft (who were seen golfing together last weekend)?
    Yeah, he’s pretty much an idiot.

  13. holycow says: Aug 10, 2010 6:03 PM

    Scattergun journalism.

  14. cboatner says: Aug 10, 2010 6:19 PM

    With Julian Edelman in the wings Welker does not have that much leverage.

  15. sabotslugs43 says: Aug 10, 2010 6:28 PM

    Remember that time when people shut their mouths….let’s live in that time.

  16. rjgreen3 says: Aug 10, 2010 6:40 PM

    i do not like the patriots but i love real hard working football players and Welker is one of them. pay the man whatever and you will get your money’s worth and more…….. he’s a REAL professional

  17. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 10, 2010 6:40 PM

    Silver is full of crap, period. He makes stuff up, otherwise he has nothing.

  18. BuzzsawMikeSilver says: Aug 10, 2010 7:04 PM


  19. cboatner says: Aug 10, 2010 7:40 PM

    Pay Edelman.

  20. DJSlyBri says: Aug 10, 2010 8:22 PM

    Everyone knows the Patriots take care of their players and pay them. Tom Brady can attest to that.

  21. TryTheVeal says: Aug 10, 2010 9:05 PM

    “And that my friends is the difference on how the New England Patriots players and organization conduct business”
    And that my friends is the type of comment one would make when they are a complete douchebag…

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