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Wes Welker says he has nine and a half million reasons to play

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Patriots receiver Wes Welker would love to work out an agreement on a long-term contract. But if he doesn’t, he says he’ll sign his franchise tender well before the start of the regular season.

Welker said on WEEI that there’s no way his contract negotiations will drag out so long that he sits out any games.

“No, not at all,” Welker said. “There’s nine and a half million reasons why I wouldn’t miss any regular season games, so you don’t have to worry about that.”

Although it’s a little surprising to hear Welker sounding like Terrell Owens’ publicist, it’s not surprising that he has ruled out a lengthy holdout. Welker has previously hinted that he might sign his franchise tender during the offseason, and a one-year guarantee of $9.5 million is not a bad deal for Welker.

In fact, Welker even suggested that there’s a chance he’ll sign his franchise tender in time to participate in the Patriots’ June 12-14 minicamp. It remains to be seen whether Welker and the Patriots can come to terms for a contract that goes beyond 2012, but for this season the Patriots’ opening offer of one year at $9.5 million is good enough that Welker is willing to play for it.

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56 Responses to “Wes Welker says he has nine and a half million reasons to play”
  1. tombradyallday says: May 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    smart man. undrafted free agent to best slot receiver in the league

  2. bass1717 says: May 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    Sooooo overrated

  3. youknowngata says: May 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    Average receiver, above average quarterback.

  4. andreidan says: May 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    But a ring aint one!!!

  5. Yoda says: May 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    Football you play because football will pay.

  6. havok82 says: May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    That is a relief. I hate long, protracted holdouts. He’ll get something from the Pats, I’m sure, but right now the average of the top 5 guys isn’t bad, either.

  7. cali49er707 says: May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    see its for the love of the game & not the money!! and i LOVE to go to work but, i hate collecting my check!! it always has & will be be about the cash!!

  8. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    Welker might as well bend over right now and grab his ankles, since he basically gave up any leverage that he could ever have in any contract negotiations.

    Then again, many of the Pats players (including Welker) bend over in the locker room showers for Tom Brady anyway, so there isn’t much difference there.

  9. flapjackdaddy says: May 14, 2012 1:42 PM

    I’m finding it harder to like this guy.

  10. phillyphan72 says: May 14, 2012 1:43 PM

    Sign it Wes and stop crying.You benefit from the system and Brady..Plus you can say your the highest paid white receiver in NFL history…

  11. blacknole08 says: May 14, 2012 1:44 PM

    Hmm…. so he can catch 9.5 million dollars but he can’t catch a critical pass that would have basically won the game for the Pats in the Super Bowl a few months back?

  12. mattwalshvideo says: May 14, 2012 1:46 PM

    He should give Brady 85% of that 9 million, without him he’s a bench warming scrub.

  13. pixelito says: May 14, 2012 1:46 PM

    Victor Cruz sure didn’t have any drops in the Superbowl.

  14. tombradyallday says: May 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    i must say though in about a year or two victor cruz will take his spot as best slot

  15. herlies says: May 14, 2012 1:48 PM

    Welker is honest and fair. $9.5m is a lot of money and he told the fans what they want to hear, but I’d bet that his agent isn’t happy with those comments.

    He just lost a lot of leverage.

  16. mrgroovesd says: May 14, 2012 1:52 PM

    Not mad that he’s looking at it that way.

  17. pftcensorssuck says: May 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    Wes, this ain’t sittin’ well with your fans, buddy.

  18. hulkhogansays says: May 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    Welker lost his man card when Gisele dissed him post Superbowl, brother.

  19. homelanddefense says: May 14, 2012 2:07 PM

    lol @ Bozo. Stick to being a Patriots hater, your attempts at comedy only make you look worse….if that is possible.

  20. thetruth1313 says: May 14, 2012 2:10 PM

    bozosforall says:
    May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    Then again, many of the Pats players (including Welker) bend over in the locker room showers for Tom Brady anyway, so there isn’t much difference there
    ———————————————

    There goes Bozo with one of his “fantasies” again

  21. monsterscream says: May 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    typical diva WR….Calvin Johnson is the best in the league and a class act.

  22. nflofficeadmin says: May 14, 2012 2:17 PM

    Why did he just out himself and give up all leverage..

  23. dyims says: May 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    The amazing comments on this blog are hilarious. Overated, average receiver typed by individuals with extremelly low IQs. And then we have the biggest loser of all Bozosforall saying all the Patas bend over for TB in the showers. I guess that’s like Bozosforall bending over for his dada’s pleasure.

  24. EJ says: May 14, 2012 2:29 PM

    Welker is slightly above the average WR in the NFL. He has a good QB that likes to target him a ton, thats why he is always at the top of the stat charts.

    No Tom Brady=average WR.

    I don’t know the exact number, but Welker dropped a bunch of passes last year. He dropped 4 against the Bills alone. No way does he deserve top 5 average pay. Maybe top 25.

  25. j0esixpack says: May 14, 2012 2:29 PM

    I love it when some bozos show how little they know about football.

    Welker is a good guy but he’s no fool. He’s not holding out because between this year’s $9.5 million and next years signing bonus he will make far more guaranteed in two years than he ever could with a long term deal this year alone.

    If he signed a long term deal now some bozo would lash out with insults simply because he’s a very small person jealous with the Patriots’ success.

    People like that have no credibilty and simply provide the rest of us with comic relief.

  26. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    I wish some of these posters would actually watch a game or two. Or get a brain. Either Brady’s an average quarterback with great receivers or the receivers are average and Brady’s the best on the planet.

    You can’t have it both ways idiots. Maybe they’re just good. Ever want to admit that?

  27. gunpowderjones says: May 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    Pretty big difference between playing a season of NFL football because it will pay a lot of money and not killing yourself because you are rich.

  28. carmelaanthonysoprano says: May 14, 2012 2:42 PM

    @ joesixpack

    Next year Welker is going to be 32 years old. He’s not going to get much in terms of a signing bonus, or a contract.

    Honestly, if money is what he’s after, he’s going to have to leave the Patriots. There’s no way the Pats can invest in Welker’s twilight years when they have to also handle Hernandez and Gronkowski (who’s gonna be baseball rich) on the offensive front.

  29. thenepatsguy says: May 14, 2012 2:49 PM

    Welker is one of the best WR’s in the league, yes he is a slot receiver and has great success with the patriots. He is signing because he will get a long term deal with the patriots, just like Wilfork and Mankins.

    He is not a sell out like others who walk away for more money.

  30. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    pftcensorssuck says: Wes, this ain’t sittin’ well with your fans, buddy.

    I love it. People here cry when Drew Brees won’t take his franchise offer and report to camp while others cry when Walker happily accepts it.

    There are positives and negatives for the player(s) when it comes to being tagged. In Welker’s case he gets a nice salary for 2012 while practically being guaranteed the right to become an RFA after the season, unless the Patriots want to pay him close to $12 M for 2013.

    Barring injury of course, but it’s a good gamble.

  31. broadstbully says: May 14, 2012 2:59 PM

    Wait. So he’s a diva because he’ll sign his franchise tender if he doesn’t get a deal? What would he be, then, if he held out? And I could be wrong, but wasn’t he also Cassel’s go-to guy the year Brady was out? I’m a big Brady fan, but saying he’s the only reason for Welker’s production is silly, IMO.

  32. largent80 says: May 14, 2012 3:02 PM

    In a related story, Welker also hired T.O.’s former publicist. No word yet on whether he’ll do situps in his driveway for the media.

  33. bullcharger says: May 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    phillyphan72 says:May 14, 2012 1:43 PM

    Sign it Wes and stop crying.You benefit from the system and Brady..Plus you can say your the highest paid white receiver in NFL history…

    —————-

    How is he crying? I don’t see it. Wanting a long term deal with guaranteed money that will exceed the 9.5 million is just business.

    If he goes for the 9.5 million and gets injured it could be the end of the money for him.

    Even if Welker got a third of the guaranteed money that Megatron got, that’s still 20 million plus any salary he would earn if he didn’t get cut.

    It makes sense to hold out for the long term contract until it affects his paycheck.

    Worst case he’ll take the franchise money last minute and next year the Patriots won’t be able to afford the WR franchise tag.

  34. 2dollarpbrs says: May 14, 2012 3:08 PM

    I think Bozo lives in Fireman Ed’s basement

  35. hedleykow says: May 14, 2012 3:11 PM

    After gulping some bottled water, Tom Brady’s wife chimed in that for another 9.5 mil, Tom will catch the effing ball as well as throw it.

  36. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 3:15 PM

    thetruth1313 says:
    May 14, 2012 2:10 PM
    bozosforall says:
    May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    Then again, many of the Pats players (including Welker) bend over in the locker room showers for Tom Brady anyway, so there isn’t much difference there
    ———————————————

    There goes Bozo with one of thetruth1313’s favorite“fantasies” again
    __
    Fixed it for you.

  37. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 3:18 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    May 14, 2012 2:07 PM
    lol @ Bozo. Stick to being a Patriots hater, your attempts at comedy only make you look worse….if that is possible.

    __
    Wasn’t an attempt at comedy. Just reporting the truth of what goes on behind those locker room doors. At least if you believe the stories that many of the Pats players have leaked out of the locker room over the years.

  38. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 3:19 PM

    dyims says:
    May 14, 2012 2:24 PM
    The amazing comments on this blog are hilarious. Overated, average receiver typed by individuals with extremelly low IQs. And then we have the biggest loser of all Bozosforall saying all the Patas bend over for TB in the showers. I guess that’s like Bozosforall bending over for his dada’s pleasure.

    __
    Sounds like something you know quite well. You one of Jerry’s kids? Sandusky, that is.

  39. jethrie says: May 14, 2012 3:22 PM

    Makes complete sense–he wants a long-term deal and if he signed the tender then negotiations would be put off until next season. But, without a contract, if he gets injured with the team he can be cut. Even if he signs the tender and gets injured, the buyout on his contract would be a lot less. So, he stays home, the agents and admins keep working, and they get a deal done.
    It’s the only sensible thing to do.

  40. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 3:23 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    May 14, 2012 2:29 PM
    I love it when some bozos show how little they know about football.

    Welker is a good guy but he’s no fool. He’s not holding out because between this year’s $9.5 million and next years signing bonus he will make far more guaranteed in two years than he ever could with a long term deal this year alone.

    If he signed a long term deal now some bozo would lash out with insults simply because he’s a very small person jealous with the Patriots’ success.

    People like that have no credibilty and simply provide the rest of us with comic relief.

    __
    Comic relief was provided in the last two Super Bowls that the Pats appeared in. The collective hilarity that was the result of the SB in 2008 was only surpasssed by the laughs gained from the result of the SB this past season. And there are plenty of fans of other teams (Steelers, Packers, Niners, Cowboys and the like) that harbor no jealousy whatsoever of your team, idiot…given that those teams all have more titles (and titles that weren’t gained by cheating like the Pats’ titles were gotten). No need to be jealous of that at all.

  41. bdawkins20 says: May 14, 2012 3:27 PM

    better stop talking wes or tedy and willie will have issue with something you say like always. hey tedy shut up no one cares.

  42. biggerballz says: May 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    and no one wants to give TO even 200,000 reasons

  43. redsghost says: May 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    “bozosforall says:May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    Then again, many of the Pats players (including Welker) bend over in the locker room showers for Tom Brady anyway, so there isn’t much difference there.”

    Bozo…serious question here..I’m sure most of the regs here have noticed as well. Do you have a flesh crush on Brady? Seriously. Do YOU want to be in the shower with him grabbing your ankles? Just curious because you constantly bring up being gay with Brady, in the locker room, bending over, grabbinbg ankles etc…
    Is this a subconcious fantasy that perhaps you haven’t addressed conciously yet? Could THIS be the reason you target the Patriots/Brady? To get this attention from him?
    It’s just you hang around the “ankle grabbing” conversations OFTEN.
    Just saying.

  44. Shawn says: May 14, 2012 3:42 PM

    I can’t see the Patriots giving Welker a long term deal and I’m a Pats fan, because they just don’t pay anyone thats name isn’t Tom Brady. Check out my blog please!

  45. redsghost says: May 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    @Bozo
    ” And there are plenty of fans of other teams (Steelers, Packers, Niners, Cowboys and the like) that harbor no jealousy whatsoever of your team, idiot…given that those teams all have more titles (and titles that weren’t gained by cheating like the Pats’ titles were gotten). No need to be jealous of that at all.”

    When be Bozo ever learn? Steelers- 70’s steroids, Packers- salary cap, Niners-salary cap, Cowboys/Redskins- salary cap, Jets-tripgate Saints/Minn/Buffalo bountygate.
    All so jealous, they cheated. Now, would you please explain which if any of the Patriots titles were won by “cheating” ? Thought so. Go back to dreaming of Brady in the shower.

  46. grogantomorgan says: May 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says:

    I love it. People here cry when Drew Brees won’t take his franchise offer and report to camp while others cry when Walker happily accepts it.

    ————————————————-

    Objectively Drew Brees is under-valued at the franchise tag ($16M?). Wes Welker, great slot reciever in the Patriot system … over-valued @ $9.5M

    That doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve it for out playing his contract handily … but being objective, I can’t imagine NE wanting to pay $9.5M to a slot reciever.

    As well, I’m a bit bearish on how many productive years WW has … being a pinball coming across the middle all the time has to be taking a toll.

    Sign the tender Wes and get to work !

  47. thetruth1313 says: May 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    bozosforall says:
    May 14, 2012 3:15 PM
    thetruth1313 says:
    May 14, 2012 2:10 PM
    bozosforall says:
    May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    Then again, many of the Pats players (including Welker) bend over in the locker room showers for Tom Brady anyway, so there isn’t much difference there
    ———————————————

    There goes Bozo with one of thetruth1313′s favorite“fantasies” again
    __
    Fixed it for you.

    ———————————-

    Wow!!! Great comeback!!! How many times have you done that as your comeback?

    So original (for the 1ooth time).

  48. Grulks says: May 14, 2012 4:04 PM

    I’m not a pats fan, in fact I strongly dislike them.
    But for all of you saying he is over rated/average/product of a great QB, I’d like to just point out some stats while he was in Miami.

    With Joey Harrington throwing him the ball, he still had 67 receptions for 687 yards and one touchdown.

    He isn’t the same as he was 5 years ago, but he is still one of the best slot receivers out there.

  49. tharoostah says: May 14, 2012 4:10 PM

    This guy is the biggest DIVA in the NFL! I hope the Pats rescind his franchise tender before he signs it and don’t miss a beat without him.

  50. mrv072 says: May 14, 2012 6:00 PM

    For all you Welker haters out there that say he is a product of Tom Brady. Welker had 111 receptions in 2008 when Brady went down witha torn ACL in week 1. 111 receptions with a QB in Matt Cassell who hadn’t started since High School. Welker is right below the elite receivers in Calvin Johnson and Larry Fritzgerald.

  51. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2012 6:36 PM

    Also of note, when will you so called experts who make snide comments about a “slot” receiver realize this is the 2012 /2013 version of the NFL.

    Without a slot receiver, or TE that works like one, you can kiss any hope of a title goodbye.

  52. billhicks666 says: May 14, 2012 9:38 PM

    To the NBC censors who constantly delete my posts for no reason whatsoever:

    GO F*** YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. nathanbetz91 says: May 15, 2012 12:50 AM

    I am by no means a professional football player making millions of dollars like Wes welker is. But what I do know is you can’t hold out for so long then say you’ll agree to something before the season starts because now the team knows that when the deadline comes you’ll take whatever they give you because they know you want to play.you have to do what Chris Johnson did and holdout till as long as humanely possible so the Teams know you’re not messing around

  54. chrisjohnston10 says: May 15, 2012 8:40 AM

    111 receptions for 1,165 yds with Matt Cassel throwing. Welker does not need Tom Brady.

  55. walkinginthewasteland says: May 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    “Although it’s a little surprising to hear Welker sounding like Terrell Owens’ publicist, ”

    Not if you actually, follow the NFL.

    Welker is nothing if not sarcastic and satirical, after Rexies foot fetish came to the fore, Wes gave a pre-game press conference talking about how the Pats were going to “put there best foot forward”, were confident they “wouldnt be defeated”, etc.

    This is Wes taking a dig at TO.

  56. patsfiend says: May 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    Welker is in a good spot, and this situation is exactly what the franchise tags brings. Pats can’t pay him big going into his mid-30’s, certainly not long term… but he’ll sign the tag and get big money this year, and a decent contract from someone (maybe the Pats, maybe not) next year. Or, just maybe, they’ll come to a compromise solution and sign him before the season to a deal.

    It’s all good… this is a business, and I’m okay with how both sides have handled the situation.

    Also… I know most of you don’t know this, but Bozo is a Niners fan. Imagine that. Lakers, Yankees, Niners. So, like some Steelers fans, his panties are bunched up because the Pats are now included in the “dynasties” list. Hence, his reply above regarding the other teams with more titles, etc.

    Bozo is huge frontrunner crybaby that roots for 90’s-era dynasties exclusively (surprise) and you can find his hypocritical comments all over every Boston team’s boards, including recent classless comments after the B’s lost, and on the Seau suicide announcements. You are arguing with a really sad, lonely dude with some kind of abandonment issues every time you reply to him.

    Instead of replying, just enjoy watching the Lakers implode and put their tail between their legs (again) in the playoffs.

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