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Welker hints that he may sign franchise tender during offseason

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Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who currently isn’t under contract and who has on the table a one-year, $9.5 million franchise tender, appeared Thursday night on NFL Network.  Among other things, he talked about whether he’ll be attending the team’s upcoming OTAs.

Still looking to try and decide on that.  I’m in no rush and we’ll figure it out,” Welker said, via the Boston Herald.

But since he can’t show up without being under contract, the only way he could show up is (absent a long-term deal) by signing the franchise tender.

Given that he made $18 million during five prior seasons with the Pats, it sounds like Welker is tempted to accept.

“How can you ever be upset about that?” Welker said.  “It’s more than half of what my last contract was over five years. So one year, $9.5 [million] — it’s not a bad deal.  I’m not too worried about it.”

Welker can show up at any point before the start of the regular season and still receive $9.5 million, fully guaranteed, for 2012.  The only risk he’s taking is that the Patriots could rescind the offer.

Tom Curran of CSN New England joined PFT Live on Thursday to discuss Welker’s status and other issues relating to the Patriots.  (What did you expect me to do?  Paste the video into a blurb that deals with a team other than the Patriots?)

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24 Responses to “Welker hints that he may sign franchise tender during offseason”
  1. jrfrom508 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:59 PM

    Come back boyeeeeee

  2. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 13, 2012 12:07 AM

    6 rings

  3. tombradyallday says: Apr 13, 2012 12:12 AM

    welker got money thats taller than him hell be aight. from a undrafted receiver to all pro

  4. massappeal12345 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:42 AM

    The reason that the Patriots do so well year after year is that the have players with heart. And Welker is a man with heart.

  5. mikemyditka says: Apr 13, 2012 1:42 AM

    I think the real story here is how Welker outperformed his contract from year 1- yet never griped about being severely underpaid for 5 straight years.

    Most guys would have been clamoring for a new deal after the year he had is 07-08. I think this is a testament to the Patriots organization.

  6. yojoemama says: Apr 13, 2012 1:45 AM

    At least show a pic of his model fiancee. Boring.

  7. tommybrady says: Apr 13, 2012 4:24 AM

    I know this sounds crazy but the pats brought in a number of wr along with the stable they already have.

    With Edelman there the pats can and are playing hardball w welker. Don’t be surprised if they get offered a high draft pick for welker and they actually move him as long as the other team gives him a long term deal.

    I would hate To see this(see username) but theyve brought in too many receivers. Guys like stallworth and Gonzales could have went somewhere else with a better chance to make the team.

    Id put the percentage at 10 percent because welker seems like a guy who won’t hold out into season but if they think he will holdout don’t be surprised if they try to grab a couple 2’s or 2nd and 3rd rounder for him.

    Love the guy but after following the pats for so long you know that they will only take team friendly deals.

  8. thegonz13 says: Apr 13, 2012 5:50 AM

    Why wouldn’t he? $9.5 mil is a nice chunk of dough and you get to play for a team that always contends…

  9. 8man says: Apr 13, 2012 6:22 AM

    C’mon, Wes. Take the money and come back. You know you don’t want to be anywhere else.

  10. mikebe1 says: Apr 13, 2012 6:37 AM

    You have to be a complete homer if u don’t see the writing on the wall 8 wr’s plus a clone of him signed in free agency= welker getting traded during the draft.

  11. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 13, 2012 7:28 AM

    Of course he’s going to sign it! Wes Welker would be the first one to tell you, that he would be exposed for the mediocre receiver he is, the minute he leaves the Patriots (see: Deion Branch).

  12. TheWizard says: Apr 13, 2012 7:40 AM

    I think he’s crazy if he doesn’t sign.

    His best earning potential may be to play this one year deal, and hope to get tagged again next year.

  13. grogantomorgan says: Apr 13, 2012 8:00 AM

    Great slot receiver, he understands that the Patriots game plan and Brady is the secret to his success.

    Minute risk, Wes will be back on a 2-3 year contract.

  14. backindasaddle says: Apr 13, 2012 8:04 AM

    Truly refreshing. Here’s a guy that obviously is not ego-obsessive. So many of these clowns (Osi) are egomaniacs and let it rule their lives. They’re in perpetual pissed-off mode if they don’t get paid more than so-and-so or aren’t getting enough playing time or blah blah blah. It’s all ego-centric and it turns them into complete douche bags. Here is Welker obviously NOT letting his ego rule his life and being much better and happier for it. BRAVO!

  15. pixelito says: Apr 13, 2012 8:13 AM

    Maybe he can learn how to catch.

  16. 6ball says: Apr 13, 2012 8:29 AM

    .

    When was the last time Patriots fans sided with the player in a contract dispute?

    .

  17. braven4evr says: Apr 13, 2012 8:37 AM

    Reguardless of how this situation turns out; Welker is a player that can and should be respected for the way he plays the game…

  18. bozosforall says: Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    6ball says:
    Apr 13, 2012 8:29 AM
    .

    When was the last time Patriots fans sided with the player in a contract dispute?

    .

    Try never. Most selfish fan base on earth. Players are just too stupid to realize how the Pats organization screws them over on money.

    Welker is a coward if he doesn’t stand up for himself moneywise.

  19. forthelove says: Apr 13, 2012 10:19 AM

    mikemyditka says:
    Apr 13, 2012 1:42 AM
    I think the real story here is how Welker outperformed his contract from year 1- yet never griped about being severely underpaid for 5 straight years.

    Most guys would have been clamoring for a new deal after the year he had is 07-08. I think this is a testament to the Patriots organization.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    You had me up until that last sentence. This guy has been one of the best receivers in the league for the past 5 years and was top 2 or 3 last year. Why wouldn’t you make a commitment and pay him? He clearly didn’t gripe about being underpaid for the last few years, so why not pay him now?

  20. massappeal12345 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    With Edelman there the pats can and are playing hardball w welker

    The problem with Edelman is that Welker can probably play defense as good as Edelman can play offense.

    And without Edelman’s constant injuries. I like him, but he probably has more “nicks” than any part timer in football.

  21. covercorner says: Apr 13, 2012 11:44 AM

    The Pats poison pill contract for Welker was $35 million over 5 years. When it turned into a trade, the contract became $18 million over 5 years. Welker got gypped. The Pats should pay him a big money deal now. He has earned it.

  22. patsfiend says: Apr 13, 2012 12:46 PM

    6ball says:
    Apr 13, 2012 8:29 AM

    When was the last time Patriots fans sided with the player in a contract dispute?
    ——-
    bozosforall says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    Try never. Most selfish fan base on earth. Players are just too stupid to realize how the Pats organization screws them over on money.

    Welker is a coward if he doesn’t stand up for himself moneywise.
    ———–
    You are delusional and sad, Bozo. You really need help. Open your eyes and you’ll see that Pats pay plenty, are never at the bottom of the barrel in payroll, and are a much much better run team than whatever sorry franchise you actually root for (though it’s clear you have a hard on for Bill and the Pats.)

  23. bozosforall says: Apr 13, 2012 1:41 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Apr 13, 2012 12:46 PM
    6ball says:
    Apr 13, 2012 8:29 AM

    When was the last time Patriots fans sided with the player in a contract dispute?
    ——-
    bozosforall says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    Try never. Most selfish fan base on earth. Players are just too stupid to realize how the Pats organization screws them over on money.

    Welker is a coward if he doesn’t stand up for himself moneywise.
    ———–
    You are delusional and sad, Bozo. You really need help. Open your eyes and you’ll see that Pats pay plenty, are never at the bottom of the barrel in payroll, and are a much much better run team than whatever sorry franchise you actually root for (though it’s clear you have a hard on for Bill and the Pats.)

    __
    No, not a hard on (that’s what you limp-wristed Pats fans have for Tommy Brady)…just a dislike for cheaters like Belicheat.

    Good to see that I still can make fools like you jump every time I pull the marionette strings though.

  24. gisellichek says: Apr 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    Tom E Curran is a fraud…

    Ask Mr Pats insider where is the report they were going to sign Dan Koppen… I musta missed that one.

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