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Wes Welker signs his franchise tender

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A day after saying he had nine and a half million reasons to play this year, Patriots receiver Wes Welker has decided to accept those nine and a half million reasons as good enough to get going now.

Welker has signed the one-year, $9.5 million franchise tag, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports.

There was never any question of whether Welker would miss any regular-season playing time, but there was some concern in New England that Welker would remain unsigned into training camp. Instead, he has a deal done before the start of organized team activities on May 21.

Welker and the Patriots have both expressed an interest in getting more than just a one-year deal done, and it’s still possible that will happen before the July 16 deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals. But for now, Welker is in the fold with his 2012 base salary guaranteed.

The signing of Welker makes a crowded receiver depth chart in New England even more crowded: The Patriots also have veteran holdovers Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman, this year’s free agent signings Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth, and seventh-round rookie Jeremy Ebert.

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  1. waldoampere says: May 15, 2012 1:29 PM

    Nice to be a team player and all but, financially, he made a mistake to sign this early. At least wait until training camp gets underway and see if the Pats offer something longer.

  2. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    What a wuss!

  3. footballdudexxvi says: May 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    pats also signed Jabar Gafney this offseason.

  4. ggreen7 says: May 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    I guess playing for a winning team and setting all kinds of records is more important than money to some people.

  5. ampats says: May 15, 2012 1:39 PM

    What great enjoyment seeing the first two comments about Wes Welker signing. Have to love seeing the hatred of the Patriots because this continues to be the gold standard in the NFL unlike the circus down in NJ known as the Jests.

    Hate on because the Patriots have begun their journey to their destination next February in New Orleans !

  6. phinfan says: May 15, 2012 1:47 PM

    Well, he knows he can’t risk leaving Brady. Brady will shower him with throws and theres a good chance they can enter the superbowl again (and win it next time) before the guy retires. By risking any financial hiccup he may not get that ring if he signs with another team. Sad to say since I am a Miami fan… but Miami did find this guy and I like him to a certain extent-just sucks they let him go.

  7. marima07 says: May 15, 2012 1:49 PM

    Wes Welker couldn’t even pretend that holding out was an option because he doesn’t have an entitled bone in his entire body.

    It’s so damn refreshing that I want him to get his contract signed even more than before.

    Maybe Welker’s situation will turn out like Vince Wilfork, who wasn’t happy about signing his tender, but believed the NE organization that they would sign him to a deal soon. Ever since, he’s been playing at the top of his game.

  8. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

  9. lostsok says: May 15, 2012 1:53 PM

    They need to resign their video guy so they stop choking in the playoffs.

  10. sj39 says: May 15, 2012 1:56 PM

    ggreen7 says:

    I guess playing for a winning team and setting all kinds of records is more important than money to some people.

    Ah, here we go with “the Patriots are so great players will play for them for free” again. What do you call 9.5 million for one season for a slot reciever? Chump change?

  11. kacapaco says: May 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    He knew the power @ NE is something he can’t mess up with. Good call for him & hope he will get a good three year contract soon. Go Pats.

  12. kh221 says: May 15, 2012 2:00 PM

    Welker made the right move, like him or not the guy is a class act.

  13. unbreakable02215 says: May 15, 2012 2:01 PM

    thlombardiontheway says:
    May 15, 2012 1:51 PM
    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    Thanks for the reminder of why I’m not a Steeler
    fan. Way to stay classy Steeler fan. Laughing at
    a guy getting carted off the field. Kinda like
    Ryan Clarke tried to do to him a few years back
    with a ridiculous cheap shot on Welker’s head
    when the ball wasn’t even in the same zip code.

    You Profootballtalk.com clowns allow this type
    of garbage post, but yet you remove half of mine ? (Shaking my head no).

  14. skinsfaninnebraska says: May 15, 2012 2:01 PM

    I’m not a Pats fan, but I am a fan of Welker. He is a class guy who has the good sense to get signed and get ready for camp. If he has another big year it’ll be really hard for the Pats, or somebody else, not to sign him to a multi-year deal.

  15. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 15, 2012 2:04 PM

    Another dagger into the hearts of the J-E-S-T-S! Revis can’t cover them all. Branch got back as soon as he could, Seymour wishes he never left, Givins disappeared never to be seen again, etc,etc,etc..

    Unless the Jests find the fountain of youth and dunk Joe (I love you Suzie) Namath in it they will still wander in the dessert that is NY/NJ. It’s so sad.

  16. rushmatic says: May 15, 2012 2:04 PM

    When you’re playing for the perennial favorites, what’s the point of holding out?

    Hate if you want, but you know it’s true.

  17. rushmatic says: May 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    ____________________________

    Says the guy whose team was destroyed in the offseason, is devoid of veteran leadership (compared to last year), and is led by a rapist.

    Right, we’re worried about what you’ll be laughing at.

  18. sj39 says: May 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    lostsok, I think it’s that little bottle of disgusting goo that Brady sips on that causes him to choke in the post-season. I don’t know for sure what it is but I have a good idea.

  19. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 2:06 PM

    ampats says:
    May 15, 2012 1:39 PM
    What great enjoyment seeing the first two comments about Wes Welker signing. Have to love seeing the hatred of the Patriots because this continues to be the gold standard in the NFL unlike the circus down in NJ known as the Jests.

    Hate on because the Patriots have begun their journey to their destination next February in New Orleans !

    __
    What an even bigger wuss!

    grampats, that is. Along with the rest of you crybaby Pats fans.

    BTW, the “gold standard” doesn’t LOSE two straight Super Bowls. The “gold standard” WINS them…like the Giants did. Also, the Steelers have two Super Bowl titles that are more recent than those long-ago tainted Patriots titles.

  20. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    ggreen7 says:
    May 15, 2012 1:35 PM
    I guess playing for a winning team and setting all kinds of records is more important than money to some people.

    __
    Kudos to all those Giants players that feel that way, since the Giants are the real winners here.

  21. nfl1818 says: May 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    May 15, 2012 1:51 PM
    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    Fair Point on expectations bc expectations have never been higher, as they should be when you make the SB and then address every weakness in the offseason

  22. 6ball says: May 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    .

    @7thlombardi u ain’t on the team

    What “steeler nation” do you live in? You’re saying they would rejoice over an injury?

    True Steelers fans don’t think like that….sorry.

    .

  23. beerbaron says: May 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    Seems like Stallworth, Ocho, Gonzalez and Edelman are competing for one spot, maybe two.

  24. tomeffnbrady says: May 15, 2012 2:20 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says: May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    —————–
    The funny thing is, we have this thing called “roster depth”. aka Jabar gaffney, ochocinco, gonzalez, edelman, slater, stallworth… the list goes on.

    Patriots = sustained excellence.

  25. waldoampere says: May 15, 2012 2:21 PM

    “What great enjoyment seeing the first two comments about Wes Welker signing. Have to love seeing the hatred of the Patriots because this continues to be the gold standard in the NFL ”

    I’m not hating on the Pats, I’m stating a fact. He possibly hurt himself financially by signing this early. Maybe the Pats wouldn’t have offered him more money and he would’ve signed for $9.5m anyway. But now he’ll never know.

    As for playing on a winning team and setting records, that’s great and everyone’s for that. But don’t kid yourself, if he rips his ACL this season and never plays again the Pats (like any business owner anywhere) will slap him on the back, thank him for his service, and show him the door. He’s a great football player but a lousy negotiator.

  26. andrewproughcfe says: May 15, 2012 2:25 PM

    I can’t catch a back-shoulder pass either. Anyone want to pay me $9.5 million?

  27. sejwick says: May 15, 2012 2:28 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    May 15, 2012 1:51 PM
    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    ———

    The Pats don’t play the Steelers this year and the Steelers are going to finish 3rd behind the Ravens and Browns. Pats fans won’t point and laugh when the Steelers miss the playoffs and have to deal with the annual Roethlisberger sexual assualt. We will be focused on winning a Superbowl.

  28. nfl1818 says: May 15, 2012 2:28 PM

    6ball says:
    May 15, 2012 2:11 PM
    .

    @7thlombardi u ain’t on the team

    What “steeler nation” do you live in? You’re saying they would rejoice over an injury?

    True Steelers fans don’t think like that….sorry.

    Great post – true fans of ANY team

  29. bullcharger says: May 15, 2012 2:30 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    ————-

    get a grip… the steelers are in rebuilding mode and their new OC is a nutjob. They have no hope of even making the playoffs. The Ravens will finish ahead of them and maybe even Cinci. With the tough schedule only the division winner will come out of the AFC North this year.

  30. CKL says: May 15, 2012 2:32 PM

    @ waldo,

    You’re right he’s taking a risk, and the time it takes to rehab an ACL is probably fresh in his mind to boot. I’m HOPING the Pats told him they will be continuing long term contract negotiations OR that they will let him go try FA after this year (no FT in other words) if that doesn’t happen (like they did with Samuel). I adore WW, he’s everything you’d want in a player. I would love to see him in a Pats uni until he retires, but I’m not a big fan of using the tag more than once to restrict a player’s options. I wish the players would have fought that one more in the CBA negotiations. Fair is fair.

  31. rebel21das says: May 15, 2012 2:34 PM

    Players like to play for the best coach and Quarterback in the NFL sorry folks hate all you want but the Pats are a class act organization and that is why players flock there to play for less money. Its the place to be in the NFL, and as for the loser waitingonmy7thsteelerchampionship, seriously get a life ya clown, your team has won enough for you not to act like a jackass like that, but your clearly not a real football fan, because if you were you’d want the best on your team vs the best of your opponents team so there’s no excuses win or lose. If you looked up douche bag in the dictonary there would be a picture of the goon called waitingonmystupid7thsteelerschampionship. So many stupid fans now a days. As for the tainted championships, well love to break it to ya but went to Pats Hall of Fame and there’s still no *’s so suck on that!

  32. bullcharger says: May 15, 2012 2:34 PM

    I think they’ll still work out a deal. That was the act of good faith required to get it done. The Mankins situation was way worse than this and the deal was made. Also, for the Patriots, they won’t be able to afford next years WR franchise tag, so if they wan’t to keep him it needs to be done this year.

  33. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 2:36 PM

    tomeffnbrady says:
    May 15, 2012 2:20 PM
    7thlombardiontheway says: May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    —————–
    The funny thing is, we have this thing called “roster depth”. aka Jabar gaffney, ochocinco, gonzalez, edelman, slater, stallworth… the list goes on.

    Patriots = sustained excellence.

    __
    Two consecutive Super Bowl losses say otherwise…because if that is “sustained excellence” then the 90s era Buffalo Bills were the most excellent team in the 90s (four straight Super Bowl appearances…losses like the last two Super Bowls that New England played in).

    Somehow, I think that not many sports fans would ever say that though. Then again, Buffalo fans aren’t delusional like their New England idiot neighbors.

    Giants with their two consecutive Super Bowl WINS qualify for that title. Even the Steelers have two more recent Super Bowl wins than the “come up short Patriots”. Time for a new videocamera!

  34. holdthemayo123 says: May 15, 2012 2:36 PM

    Doubtful that he hurt himself financially. Players that hold out tend to not play as well, thus decreasing their value. Ask Dion Branch if the Pats would break down and cave to his demands.

  35. fran021 says: May 15, 2012 2:39 PM

    Actually, phinfan, it was the Chargers who “found” him, although they didn’t keep him very long. Schottenheimer says releasing Welker was the biggest mistake he ever made.

  36. ampats says: May 15, 2012 2:44 PM

    bozosforall doing what it does best, trolling anything related New England and making infantile insults. Someone in this region must have put some kind spanking on you in your life. bozos is the biggest bandwagon fan on this site being a devoted fan of the steroid driven NYYankees and what it must of felt like watching Bill Belichick’s close friend and confident Nick Saban take the National Championship away from its other favorite college team LSU. What they say about hatred bozo is that it is jealousy turned inward, sound familiar?

    waldoampere,
    I guess Wes will learn about negotiating this summer for D Mevis ??

  37. nflovercollegefb says: May 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.
    —————————————————–
    If I were you I’d be more concerned about the Ravens beating you and sending your guys off in a cart as well as finishing ahead of the Bengals for that matter.

  38. bradybbgoat says: May 15, 2012 2:51 PM

    Classy move by a classy guy. Ever since he has come to NE Wes has been nothing but a consummate Patriot.

    Mr. Kraft: Please do not make the same mistake you made with Deion Branch. Pay Welker his well earned money!

  39. tomeffnbrady says: May 15, 2012 2:58 PM

    bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 2:36 PM

    The funny thing is, we have this thing called “roster depth”. aka Jabar gaffney, ochocinco, gonzalez, edelman, slater, stallworth… the list goes on.

    Patriots = sustained excellence.

    __
    Two consecutive Super Bowl losses say otherwise…because if that is “sustained excellence” then the 90s era Buffalo Bills were the most excellent team in the 90s (four straight Super Bowl appearances…losses like the last two Super Bowls that New England played in).
    ——

    First off i think you should find out what consecutive means. Secondly, you should find out what excellence means.
    Excellence is the best record in the entire NFL in the last decade.

  40. 1historian says: May 15, 2012 3:01 PM

    You wanna pay me nine million five hundred thousand dollars to catch passes from Tom Brady for a year?

    Where do I sign?

  41. hewitt52 says: May 15, 2012 3:02 PM

    I love this. I think a long term deal will be struck by the deadline, and Welker knows that, hence why he signed the franchise tag now.

    It will be really interesting to see how the WR position shakes out. I have a feeling that the 7th rounder will end up on the practice squad and 1, possibly 2 guys (Gonzalez and Branch) will end up on the PUP list, allowing the Pats to keep most of these guys longer than just the final cut day.

    I think Ocho-stink-o will be cut though leaving the opening day roster with Welker, Lloyd, Stallworth, Gaffney, Edleman, and Slater on the team. Edleman and Slater can play special teams and defense if needed which gives them additional flexibility. In a 5 WR set, you can have Gronk and/or Hernandez in there too.

  42. tedmurph says: May 15, 2012 3:03 PM

    @waldoampere:
    You’re not stating any facts. A franchised player has zero leverage. Even if he holds out, he just costs himself 9.5 mil and he’s still not a free agent. The Pats would let him sit. That’s why they have 11 receivers on the roster. Whether he signed the tender or not wouldn’t change what the Pats will offer. They may still sign him or they may have made a deal not to franchise him again, like they did with Samuel, and let him walk after this season.

  43. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    ampats says:
    May 15, 2012 2:44 PM
    bozosforall doing what it does best, trolling anything related New England and making infantile insults. Someone in this region must have put some kind spanking on you in your life. bozos is the biggest bandwagon fan on this site being a devoted fan of the steroid driven NYYankees and what it must of felt like watching Bill Belichick’s close friend and confident Nick Saban take the National Championship away from its other favorite college team LSU. What they say about hatred bozo is that it is jealousy turned inward, sound familiar?

    __
    Someone in your region might have tried, but given the wussiness of the men there, they would have failed miserably.

    No “hate” here…just distaste for the most hypocritical fan base in America, the one rooted in New England, a region that has harbored jealousy for their superiors to their south, New York City, for over 200 years now. As for “hatred”, no group of fans epitomizes the term “hatred” more than those from the New England region, who have “hated” on the New York Yankees for the better part of the last 100 years. And since I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Yankees (less steroid-driven than the Ramirez and Ortiz-led Red Sox of the last decade) and a fan of no other team in my life, I guess every other fan of any team would also be a “bandwagon fan” based on your all-inclusive definition. As for Saban, I couldn’t care less who he is friends with. At least he isn’t a cheater like Belichick has been outed as. Plus, given that he won one of his titles as the coach of LSU, he can’t be all bad. In fact, he is a superior coach to Belichick, given that he won titles with more than one organization…and without having to resort to cheating to do it. BTW, the word is “confidant”. Get back to school and get that GED before it’s too late, imbecile.

  44. flash1283 says: May 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    Blowsforall says:

    Giants with their two consecutive Super Bowl WINS qualify for that title. Even the Steelers have two more recent Super Bowl wins than the “come up short Patriots”. Time for a new videocamera!

    The “gold standard” WINS them…like the Giants did. Also, the Steelers have two Super Bowl titles that are more recent than those long-ago tainted Patriots titles.

    Basically saying the same thing in 2 different post (4 of the first 33 are from Blowsforall, someone needs a life).
    Also some new material.
    I told you to cash one of those government checks and get out and get some fresh air!

  45. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:08 PM

    bullcharger says:
    May 15, 2012 2:30 PM
    7thlombardiontheway says:May 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Pats season will be below expectations. Will Steeler Nation laugh at him getting carted off? Yes. We will point and laugh.

    ————-

    get a grip… the steelers are in rebuilding mode and their new OC is a nutjob. They have no hope of even making the playoffs. The Ravens will finish ahead of them and maybe even Cinci. With the tough schedule only the division winner will come out of the AFC North this year.

    __
    The Steelers don’t “rebuild”…they reload. They filled more holes than the Pats did this year…as well as getting back guys that had injury issues last season. Not a Steelers fan, but they will surprise idiots like you who can’t see past their own a$$holes due to having their heads up their own a$$es (aka Pats fans).

  46. unbreakable02215 says: May 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    Anyone consider the possibility that the 2 sides
    are real close and it wouldn’t make sense to miss
    mini-camp based on that ?

  47. waldoampere says: May 15, 2012 3:12 PM

    Ampats,

    Most of us didn’t like his tactics at all but Revis is a lot richer than Welker.

  48. opneon says: May 15, 2012 3:19 PM

    I’m a Pennsylvanian, and believe me, Steelers fans are haters about everything and everyone who is not a Steeler. They only watch the Steelers’ games so have no knowledge of the general rules that apply to other teams. Thus, they think that every call is against them and will never admit any calls or situations that go their way. After all, they are the Squealers!

    Then they will look the other way when they roll over Carson Palmer’s legs or when Ryan, James, Troy, or Hines hits someone after the whistle, and then give their little arrogant smile.

    Sorry that I’m starting to sound like them, but hatred breeds hatred. And yes…they are haters!

  49. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:21 PM

    flash1283 says:
    May 15, 2012 3:04 PM
    Blowsforall says:

    Giants with their two consecutive Super Bowl WINS qualify for that title. Even the Steelers have two more recent Super Bowl wins than the “come up short Patriots”. Time for a new videocamera!

    The “gold standard” WINS them…like the Giants did. Also, the Steelers have two Super Bowl titles that are more recent than those long-ago tainted Patriots titles.

    Basically saying the same thing in 2 different post (4 of the first 33 are from Blowsforall, someone needs a life).
    Also some new material.
    I told you to cash one of those government checks and get out and get some fresh air!

    __
    Why say different things…when the same old truths continue to work just fine?

    I’ll leave the government checks to you, welfare boy…while I keep cashing the much larger ones that I earn.

  50. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:27 PM

    tomeffnbrady says:
    May 15, 2012 2:58 PM
    bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 2:36 PM

    The funny thing is, we have this thing called “roster depth”. aka Jabar gaffney, ochocinco, gonzalez, edelman, slater, stallworth… the list goes on.

    Patriots = sustained excellence.

    __
    Two consecutive Super Bowl losses say otherwise…because if that is “sustained excellence” then the 90s era Buffalo Bills were the most excellent team in the 90s (four straight Super Bowl appearances…losses like the last two Super Bowls that New England played in).
    ——

    First off i think you should find out what consecutive means. Secondly, you should find out what excellence means.
    Excellence is the best record in the entire NFL in the last decade.

    __
    “Consecutive” (in this context) means the last two times they appeared in the Super Bowl (as in, if you look at a list of Patriot Super Bowl appearances, the last two times that they played in the game). Try thinking outside of your little basement box, loser.

    And “excellence” means winning titles, something that the Pats haven’t done post-Spygate.

    Too bad for you that those definitions don’t fit your dream world, but they do fit the real world. Come back when your team can win a title without cheating.

  51. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    opneon says:
    May 15, 2012 3:19 PM
    I’m a Pennsylvanian, and believe me, Steelers fans are haters about everything and everyone who is not a Steeler. They only watch the Steelers’ games so have no knowledge of the general rules that apply to other teams. Thus, they think that every call is against them and will never admit any calls or situations that go their way. After all, they are the Squealers!

    Then they will look the other way when they roll over Carson Palmer’s legs or when Ryan, James, Troy, or Hines hits someone after the whistle, and then give their little arrogant smile.

    Sorry that I’m starting to sound like them, but hatred breeds hatred. And yes…they are haters!

    __
    Must be an Eagles fan. As in the team that is still looking for their first Super Bowl win. No wonder the Steelers fans laugh at you jealous crybabies.

  52. RexCanCoach says: May 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    Sorry guys but Welker was absolutely right to sign this tender offer. How many times do you read about a player that should of, could of, but didn’t, and is now working at Burger King?

    And Belichick does not fool around with hold outs, especially with all of those WR in the fold and a “Welker jr.” in Edelman.

    Smart move by Welker and he will hopefully get a long term deal done before summer. $9.5 million is nothing to sneeze at for a football player and especially in this economy.

  53. rc33 says: May 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    The Steelers don’t “rebuild”…they reload. They filled more holes than the Pats did this year…as well as getting back guys that had injury issues last season. Not a Steelers fan, but they will surprise idiots like you who can’t see past their own a$$holes due to having their heads up their own a$$es (aka Pats fans).
    ————————————

    Note to everyone..

    By all indications, the Steelers are the only team getting players back from injury this year.
    Damn!
    I was hoping some of those five DB’s New England had on Injured Reserve last season would help.

  54. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    Welker has handled this situation with CLASS.

    Every other NFL WR (except for Fitz) needs to learn from Welker.

    He is not a hoodrat punk who is always trying to “keep it real” with his “homies” or doing/dealing drugs, beating women, stealing, killing dogs, and other stupid stuff.

    He is not a “diva” WR which is why some talking heads in the media do not consider him to be an “elite” WR, the real reason is b/c he’s white but they will never say that.

  55. bingobrown12 says: May 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    Of all the freaking catches Welker,why on earth
    did you drop the one?

  56. weepingjebus says: May 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    “Here’s Brady out of the ‘gun at the 1/2 yard line, why not… to Wes Welker! Wes Welker pulling away! And he ties an NFL record with a 99 yard touchdown! Oh my…”

  57. boblavoie says: May 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    9.5 Million?? How much is that per pound? Man that meat is expensive.
    Only kidding Wes – you are worth all the bucks!

  58. cylondetector says: May 15, 2012 4:21 PM

    Thought No.1: Good for Welker, hope he gets the long term contract

    Thought No.2: Poor old Bozo’s life must almost totally empty to be able to devote so much time to posting successfully (I know i’m not the only one with multiple posts being cut) on Patriots articles.

    Thought No.3: Anyone who thinks “7th Lombardi” is actually a Steeler fan, and not someone out to make Steeler fans look like a-holes needs to wake up.

  59. flash1283 says: May 15, 2012 4:23 PM

    Blowsforall says:

    I’ll leave the government checks to you, welfare boy…while I keep cashing the much larger ones that I earn.

    So you get paid for being a professional troll.
    Do they pay you per comment?
    They must, look how many you have just on this thread.

    Loser!!!!

  60. chrisjohnston10 says: May 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    @waldoampere

    As for playing on a winning team and setting records, that’s great and everyone’s for that. But don’t kid yourself, if he rips his ACL this season and never plays again the Pats (like any business owner anywhere) will slap him on the back, thank him for his service, and show him the door. He’s a great football player but a lousy negotiator.
    ————————————–
    Actually I’m certain that Robert Kraft will go on the podium, say a million great things about Wes and wish him luck in his retirement because he won’t be playing again as you said. Then Wes will be voted to the Pats HOF when he is eligible.

  61. degehring says: May 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    I’ve got nothing against the guy, but does he think he’d get more than $9.5 million a year for a longer term contract? I doubt it. Just doesn’t seem like the Patriot Way to me.

  62. waldoampere says: May 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    @tedmurph

    “A franchised player has zero leverage.”

    Tell that to Drew Brees.

  63. redsghost says: May 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Well, I shut Bozo up yesterday, debating whether I should do the same today. Rather easy when he changes his comments after the fact (the definition of consecutive when caught makign an error ooppss “cheating” in his book).
    Stop cheating Bozo and stick to your original comments.
    Sustained excellence equals the BEST NFL record in the past decade, FIVE SB appearances, a 16-0 reg. season RECORD, a myriad of records broken along the way and like one poster said- a SB appearance AND filling it’s weaknesses.
    Yankees steroids? You mean AFraud, Jeter, Clemens, and the rest?
    Also, of course you are a HATER. Otherwise, you would have shown us the proof or evidence that the Patriots cheated rather than made an error.
    You’re here to HATE on the Pats, otherwise you would have had CREDIBLE replies to there so-called “cheating” and your flesh crush on Brady.

  64. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    rc33 says:
    May 15, 2012 3:48 PM
    The Steelers don’t “rebuild”…they reload. They filled more holes than the Pats did this year…as well as getting back guys that had injury issues last season. Not a Steelers fan, but they will surprise idiots like you who can’t see past their own a$$holes due to having their heads up their own a$$es (aka Pats fans).
    ————————————

    Note to everyone..

    By all indications, the Steelers are the only team getting players back from injury this year.
    Damn!
    I was hoping some of those five DB’s New England had on Injured Reserve last season would help.

    __
    Note to rc33theidiot..

    I never claimed that the Steelers were the only team getting players back from injury this year…just that they were.

    As for your five DBs coming back for New England, by most accounts, they aren’t any better than the ones that stunk up the place last season for your team….so good luck with that.

  65. patsandwannabees says: May 15, 2012 4:34 PM

    Its funny how Steelers fans hold on to the “We’re going to hurt you” mentality and the rest of the league holds on to spygate and that the Pats lost their last 2 Super bowls.

    The Steelers can’t hope to be happy about anything else because they can’t get past the Ravens lately (talk about putting the hurt on people).

    As far as the “spygate” gang and the “they lost their last 2 Super bowls” people, PLEASE!!!

    The Pats have been 5 of the 20 teams in the last 10 Super bowls. That means they have been 1 out of every 4 teams in the game in the last 10 years. That’s 25% for you Steelers fans.

    I love how other fans call that “Not” being successful. Go Jets, see if you can go another 50 years without being in a bowl.

  66. tedmurph says: May 15, 2012 5:13 PM

    Last I checked, Brees didn’t get the contract he wants either.

  67. bluelifer says: May 15, 2012 5:29 PM

    Pats arent stupid weaker is a product of the system and they have nobody to replace him this year this will be Weakers last year in new England take that to the bank

  68. theandy59 says: May 15, 2012 7:01 PM

    Point #1: Smart move by Welker. As great as he is, he benefits greatly from being in that offense and playing with Brady. Check out how other receivers did after leaving New England (Givens, Branch, Patten, etc.). The Patriots loaded up on receivers signaling that they would be prepared to open the season without Wes, and I don’t think they were bluffing. Wes decided he wanted to stay in New England so he did what he needed to do to ENSURE that.

    Point #2: The level of discourse in the comments section has fallen to an all time low. It’s like listening to a bunch of kids arguing on the playground about who’s father can beat up who’s. You gotta go through a lot of drivel to find an intelligent, original thought. Come on people, can’t we do better than this?

  69. cowboyscanada says: May 15, 2012 10:28 PM

    Welker is good, but he would be just an average joe without Brady. He should cut Brady a $1 Million cheque as a thankyou!

  70. randallflagg52 says: May 15, 2012 11:37 PM

    Brady never started winning all the accolades as a great QB until Welker showed up in town. Coincedance? I think not.

  71. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 11:46 PM

    @redsucks

    ZERO titles since the Pats got caught cheating. That alone tarnishes everything that was accomplished by the Pats in the years 2000-2006, including the three titles.

    Hating was invented in New England, as evidenced by the nearly 100 years of you guys hating on the New York Yankees. Hypocrisy at its most blatant.

    I’ll leave the Brady fleshcrush to you Boston fanboys.

  72. rebel21das says: May 16, 2012 11:31 AM

    randallflagg52 says:

    May 15, 2012 11:37 PM

    “Brady never started winning all the accolades as a great QB until Welker showed up in town. Coincedance? I think not.”

    LMAO! lol what about those Super Bowl MVP’s and Super Bowl rings, what are those?

  73. 87gr0nk says: May 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    It was a smart move by Welker. While he deserves more money, he realistically is not going to get it. Might as well take a shot at getting a ring.

    Many of you Steelers fans still seem pretty sore for some reason. Perhaps that is because of how far Tebow shoved it in.

  74. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 10:21 AM

    rebel21das says:
    May 16, 2012 11:31 AM
    randallflagg52 says:

    May 15, 2012 11:37 PM

    “Brady never started winning all the accolades as a great QB until Welker showed up in town. Coincedance? I think not.”

    LMAO! lol what about those Super Bowl MVP’s and Super Bowl rings, what are those?

    __
    Those three titles were a result of the great defensive teams that the Pats had. Notice how ever since the defense dropped in the ratings, that the Pats haven’t won any more titles? Oh wait…you are just another idiot New England sports fan who doesn’t know his a$$ from a hole in the ground.

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