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Wes Welker backtracks on claims about Patriots’ contract offer

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Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker signed his franchise tender this week and then complained that the Patriots reduced the amount of money they’re offering him on a long-term contract. Now he says he shouldn’t have said that.

Speaking to reporters at his football camp, Welker backtracked on his comment that contract negotiations have “actually gotten worse.”

“That was probably a bad choice of words saying they’ve gotten worse. They’ve stayed the same,” Welker said, via Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. “I’m franchised for the year and I’m completely happy with that and completely OK with it.”

Although his decision to sign the franchise tender shows Welker wants to stay in New England, he’s in an awkward position in contract negotiations: He wants more money, but he knows that the Patriots aren’t the type of team to reward a player who complains about his contract publicly. And he wants to remain in New England, but signing the tender removes the leverage he had from the threat that he might hold out into the regular season.

So Welker will probably refrain from saying much of anything about his contract going forward. His best chance of getting a deal done is to do it quietly.

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  1. cooklynn17 says: May 19, 2012 12:00 PM

    Guys in this league do more backtracking on statements they make, that should be experts at performing the moon walk.

  2. 1buckeye76 says: May 19, 2012 12:02 PM

    Didn’t they get rid of Randy Moss for doing the same thing Wes is doing?

  3. tigershark49 says: May 19, 2012 12:04 PM

    Welker is becoming a pain in the back-side.

  4. 6ball says: May 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    .

    Negotiating with the Patriots via the media is a failed strategy. It’s akin to leaving Ray Lewis unblocked.

    And we know how that turns out.

    .

  5. chadmurdigan says: May 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    Oh, oh… foot in mouth disease symptoms showing up in camp…

  6. melikefootball says: May 19, 2012 12:11 PM

    The Patriots could always sale some of those spygate films for extra cash.

  7. sschmiggles says: May 19, 2012 12:11 PM

    1buckeye76 says:
    May 19, 2012 12:02 PM
    Didn’t they get rid of Randy Moss for doing the same thing Wes is doing?
    _______________________

    No, Moss asked to be released so they traded him.

  8. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: May 19, 2012 12:17 PM

    If Wes came knocking at the Steelers’ door, begging for a spot on the team, we would point and laugh, then shut the door. Bum.

  9. dalucks says: May 19, 2012 12:19 PM

    Wes is such a coward. He dropped the ball on his contract dispute like he dropped the 4th quarter pass in the Super Bowl. Enjoy your last season in New England, the writing is on the wall.
    They did not pay Randy Moss so why would they pay you. That is the Patriot way.

  10. towniesman says: May 19, 2012 12:19 PM

    stay quiet, shoot your mouth off cmon guys NOTHING works with the Patriots in getting more money

  11. derekjetersmansion says: May 19, 2012 12:21 PM

    @GregABedard: Maybe Wes Welker will be playing some DB this year. His backpedal is pretty good.

  12. TheWizard says: May 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    The Patriots could always sale some of those spygate films for extra cash.

    Perhaps “melearngrammar” would be a more apt screen name.

  13. nfl1818 says: May 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    Moss waa wandering around centerfield and his production had declined. Welker still producing at a high level though (could in the 7th inning of his career).

    They needed to franchise him but if they feel he’s worth 3 yrs and $20ish that sets up a bizarre situation where hes looking at 9.5, 6, 3.5 on a contract – the $20ish might be nice but prob tough to settle for those declining #s, knowing that 9.5 is gty’d. For Wes, you play at 9.5 and hope for a another 2 or 3 yr deal at 12-17 gty’d. which would put him at $22-27 ovre 3-4 years, which the Pats aint doing (my guess). my 2c

  14. porterhouse12 says: May 19, 2012 12:26 PM

    Drew Brees, please take notes.

  15. tigerlilac says: May 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    Relax. He signed his tender and has repeatedly said that the money is generous, he is happy with what he will be paid this year, and he looks forward to playing with the Patriots this year and, hopefully, for the rest of his career.

    Welker probably talks too much (e.g., the Rex jokes last year) in Belichick’s eyes but he is total professional when it comes to preparation and playing. He is also a quality human being. His camp they mentioned is raising money for Ronald McDonald House charities.

    Welker will be in the Patriot Hall of Fame one day (and maybe an NFL Hall of Famer as well if he plays five more years).

  16. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 19, 2012 12:34 PM

    Who cares…glad you dropped that pass.

    Patriots* and Saints*

    Tarnished forever.

  17. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 19, 2012 12:35 PM

    Forgot one (salary cap cheaters):

    Broncos*

  18. bozosforall says: May 19, 2012 12:35 PM

    Puh C. Just like the rest of New Wussland.

  19. EJ says: May 19, 2012 12:40 PM

    After this season is over, Welker needs to test the waters of the Free Agent Market. The Patriots need Welker more than he does them. Tom Brady has great chemistry with his slot receiver, and that familiarity will be hard to start over with another receiver.

  20. mistrezzrachael says: May 19, 2012 12:40 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:May 19, 2012 12:17 PM

    If Wes came knocking at the Steelers’ door, begging for a spot on the team, we would point and laugh, then shut the door. Bum

    Thats really dumb…If the Steelers had a Welker, Ben wouldn’t resemble a mash unit by the 3rd game each year.

    Your team got beaten by a poor playoff team in Denver last year….Before you make stupid comments, look @ your team honestly, you aren’t.

  21. lucky5934 says: May 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    I appreciate Welker trying to soften the blow, but the negotiations are “Not the same” if the Patriots lowered their original offer.

  22. andrewproughcfe says: May 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    So – would you say that Welker seemed to hold good negotiating leverage “in both hands”, but that he “inexplicably dropped” it?

    As Gisele would say: Does Tommy not only have to set Welker up for a big contract, but have to negotiate the contract with the team and sign it for him as well? Does he have to sign the checks and deposit them in Welker’s bank? Does he have to balance Welker’s checkbook and do his taxes for him?

    Is it not enough that he has to throw the ball and catch it too?

  23. heathshuler says: May 19, 2012 1:58 PM

    where is jason sehorn when you need him?

  24. bobhk says: May 19, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s almost like pats are organized crime family. Can’t speak outside. If you do, you get whacked.

  25. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    didn’t the pats sign danny amendola? he IS wes welker.

    there are a ton of short white guys out there who can run short routes and catch passes. fortunately for wes, he’s the only one who’s been allowed to do it in the pats system and catching passes from tom brady. they’ve made wes a star. i believe he’s understanding how expendable he is and beginning to embrace what he’s got. i don’t think you’ll hear another peep from him. this revelation probably hit him harder than ryan clark did.

  26. patsandsox says: May 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    If the Patriots would only pay there new big weapon WR ( Brandon Loyd) $4 – 5 million a year I think that shows what they want to pay for recievers per year. Which is way under market for what Wes has achieved. If he truly wants to stay a Patriot he has to come way down on what he is asking to maybe 6 -7 million a year.
    Its not what he wants but its what they want to pay for Patriot players that are aging and may have only a year or two of big numbers left.

  27. patriots123456 says: May 19, 2012 3:12 PM

    Bill needs to install another stationary bike on the sidelines.

    One that only pedals backwards, just for Wes.

  28. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    Like the song says, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.” Why do you think that ragtag bunch of over the hill wide receivers signed with the Pats this season? Hint: could it be they know they will be on a perennial SB contender and, oh, by the way catch passes from Tom Terrific.

    Welker has seen the light and we will not be hearing much from him henceforth.

  29. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    pleasantsurpriselefty says:May 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    Like the song says, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.”

    who is “Superman?” the patriots? hahahahaha!!

    the giants beg to differ.

    twice.

  30. CKL says: May 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    bobhk says: May 19, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s almost like pats are organized crime family. Can’t speak outside. If you do, you get whacked.
    _________________________________

    That would have been funny…if it were true.

    1) Ty Law calls BB a liar in the press. BB tries several times after that to get Ty back. Ty was at the Pats Hall this past year at AFCC time as a welcomed guest of the Pats.

    2) Mankins called Mr Kraft a liar in the press. Mankins gets a large contract after that.

    3) Wilfork grumbles a little while in contract talks. Wilfork gets a nice contract.

    4) Mayo says nothing, gets a nice contract well before his current deal expires.

    5) Adalius Thomas runs his mouth, gets cut.

    6) Randy Moss becomes a PITA, gets traded

    7) Samuel complains, he leaves as a FA after his one franchise year.

    You know what all those results have in common?
    They were all, to a man, SOLELY because of the value of the player to the team, not of personal grudges or likes.

    BB is stone cold…if you are of value and/or BB has no replacement for you at the moment, you can squawk a bit and you will still be wanted. If your contract exceeds your value to him, both in real value and replacement cost and you squawk? You’re gone. Period. The money squawking is meaningless in and of itself.

  31. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: May 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    welker should take whatever long term deal the patriots offer because he’s nothing without tom brady he wouldnt have brady he wouldve been outta the league long ago!

  32. bozosforall says: May 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    The top skill set the Pats look for in a player: Can he grab his ankles on command?

  33. MTLighthouse69 says: May 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Welker is absolutely not, a product of the Patriot’s system. When the Dolphins made him available, I was hoping that he would head back to the Chargers.

    The idea that Welker is a product of the Patriot’s system also feeds into the: “He is not worth ten million a year nonsense.” Of course he is worth ten million a year,, the Patriots evidently don’t want to pay it. If Brady had a sack, he would go to management on Welker’s behalf.

    And yes, Welker dropped that football pass in the SB. But let’s be honest, Brady could have thrown a better ball than that.

  34. nflmastermind says: May 19, 2012 4:48 PM

    ah yes “the patriot way”= spineless jellyfish…….. so pathetic

  35. nsevh76 says: May 19, 2012 4:53 PM

    mistrezzrachael says:
    May 19, 2012 12:40 PM
    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:May 19, 2012 12:17 PM

    If Wes came knocking at the Steelers’ door, begging for a spot on the team, we would point and laugh, then shut the door. Bum

    Thats really dumb…If the Steelers had a Welker, Ben wouldn’t resemble a mash unit by the 3rd game each year.

    Your team got beaten by a poor playoff team in Denver last year….Before you make stupid comments, look @ your team honestly, you aren’t.

    The original statement was ignorant. And the reply was equally ignorant. The Steelers DID beat the Patriots last year.

  36. ampats says: May 19, 2012 5:39 PM

    bozosforall says,

    the top skill set the Pats look for in a player: Can he grab his ankles on command?

    Bozo knows this from personal experience.

  37. bobhk says: May 19, 2012 6:40 PM

    ampats says:
    May 19, 2012 5:39 PM
    bozosforall says,

    the top skill set the Pats look for in a player: Can he grab his ankles on command?

    Bozo knows this from personal experience.

    ——-
    He’d only know that for sure if he was working for the Pats.

    You, on the other hand, probably do know about that considering you are a pats fan.

  38. bobhk says: May 19, 2012 6:45 PM

    CKL says:
    May 19, 2012 3:26 PM
    bobhk says: May 19, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s almost like pats are organized crime family. Can’t speak outside. If you do, you get whacked.
    _________________________________

    That would have been funny…if it were true.

    You know what all those results have in common?
    They were all, to a man, SOLELY because of the value of the player to the team, not of personal grudges or likes.

    —–
    It’s purely speculative as to the true value a player brings to that team, especially from arm chair philosophers like us. Having not won the superbowl in many years, one would say that the Pats have misjudged the usefulness of some players. Certainly on the D side where they went from dominant in the mid 2000s to a pathetic D last year. Could they not have used Seymour last season. He’s played well in Oakland, as far as I know.

  39. cincinnasti says: May 19, 2012 6:58 PM

    Why don’t they just offer the man a 4 year contract worth the what the Franchise number is now… If they don’t they’re going to pay him more than that by franchising him every year which with inflation will increase every year..

  40. patsfiend says: May 19, 2012 7:46 PM

    The truth is, none of us, including Florio, knows a damn thing about any of this. I remember just last year all this same discussion about Mankins, including the hater Bozo predicting he’d leave and go get money elsewhere… and look how that turned out.

    Even if Welker only stays and plays through the franchise tag year, I have confidence in him to play hard and continue to be a good Patriot. Or, he signs what we all know will be a reasonable contract (or the Pats won’t sign it.) Either way, the Pats win.

  41. tigerlilac says: May 19, 2012 7:52 PM

    Guys, Bozo has taken on a new persona, bobhk. bobhk appears more reasoned at first pass but the syntax, content, and structure of his posts give him away. It’s a little like sybil but the pathology is intentionally constructed and not an actual split personality.

  42. fsf7 says: May 19, 2012 8:27 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan and even I am tired of how the Welker story is constantly being played out in the media.

    I am NOT blaming Welker either; he has played outstanding and has earned the right to receive a contract in line with his performance. The Patriots simply will not pay it – they have a proven history you can be sure that Welker knows all too well of not taking care of their own. Considering that 31 other teams would reward Welker for his play and his professionalism, I cannot blame him for letting a little frustration creep out.

    The problem is that everything he says will be taken and made into a bigger deal by the media than it really is – resulting in an inaccurate representation of Welker’s position and professionalism. There are enough ignorant and small minded people out there that want to base his contract off his inability to make a catch on a catchable but still badly thrown ball in the Super Bowl. It’s very simple, when conducting qualitative analysis you have to use a sample size that is large enough to accurately complete the analysis. One play does not accurately represent the contribution that Welker has provided to the Patriots offense since 2007. When he is gone in 2013, then the Patriots management will understand the full scope of what Welker meant to the Patriots offense.

    Until then, expect a lot of opinion from a lot of people based on statements taken out of context and/or manipulated in articles such as 99% of what you find on PFT.

  43. jagwar73 says: May 19, 2012 8:35 PM

    Don’t be ashamed to say what you want Wes. The patriots are going to dump you in year or two anyway. They have absolutely no loyalty and I have a feeling you’ll find out the hard way. Come and play for my Jags next season and mentor the rook.

  44. belicheckyoself says: May 19, 2012 9:56 PM

    I wanted to say this on the Dallas Clark post, but TLTL: could DC be shifted to slot receiver, be less injury prone than he’s been lately, and be a short term solution to Weslessness.
    I love Welker, especially after the knee comeback, but i dunno about his long term hopes going for a big contract in NE after that drop. I think it was a terribly thrown ball but he still couldve made the play. Another poster mentioned Samuel, who would still be a Pat if he held on to that pick in the 07 SB.

  45. ampats says: May 19, 2012 10:23 PM

    bobhk is one of the saddest persona on the site. He keeps spewing his hate for the Patriots for all the years the Colts choked in the playoffs/AFC Championship resulting in only ONE Lombardi and now Peyton has taken his talen his talents to Denver while Indy has drafted another Peyton or possibly Alex Smith ???

  46. bobhk says: May 20, 2012 1:07 AM

    ampats says:
    May 19, 2012 10:23 PM
    bobhk is one of the saddest persona on the site. He keeps spewing his hate for the Patriots for all the years the Colts choked in the playoffs/AFC Championship resulting in only ONE Lombardi and now Peyton has taken his talen his talents to Denver while Indy has drafted another Peyton or possibly Alex Smith ???

    ——————-
    @ampats
    you are so hilarious and at the same time pathetic.

    You can dish out crap to bozo (or others) but can’t take it. Figured you to be a sissy.

    I don’t have have hate for the Pats. I have disdain.

    I’m not a Indy fan although I like Peyton. His defense did not carry him to superbowl unlike the guy in NE.

    I am a niners fan. Although we have Alex Smith (who did not play all that bad last year), I take solace in the fact that we have had a very rich tradition in NFL (including to HOF QBs, and 5 shiny Lombardi trophies). Who do you have in Pats history? Bledsoe, Grogan, Spygate, and one of the worst defeats in superbowl history.

    So, we niner fans are more concerned with the cowboys than pats.

  47. pcoz99 says: May 20, 2012 2:04 AM

    WW is a gritty WR, but he won’t get the rap Randy did, which is BS. Randy is a gangster and will tell you like it is. WW has always had a LB on him and will never completely change the game or opposing D like Randy did. It’s a shame BB ships you out when you talk about a contract, ie..Randy, Seymour, etc….b/c they would’ve won the past 2 SB’s with Randy no doubt. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. The Jets 2 yrs ago boxed them in w/o a deep threat, and the GMen did it this yr. You can say WW dropped a ball that would’ve changed the game, but it wouldn’t have come down to it with a 20+ yd threat at WR. BB’s ego stands in the way of keeping their teams together but no one admits it.

  48. chrisjohnston10 says: May 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Those of you saying Randy Moss was declining on the pats, don’t know what you are talking about. Moss went over 1000 yds and double digit TDs in all three of his full seasons. He even had 3 TDs with the pats in the four games he played in the 2010. To put that in perspective, only two Ravens receivers had more than three TDs all of last season.

  49. tigerlilac says: May 20, 2012 10:48 AM

    bobhk, if you and bozo are not one in the same, you’re his online identical twin. You and bozo both troll the Patriots threads, attack other posters personally, claim franchises with historical success as your own, and have a latent tendency to call out players and other posters manhood with pejorative terms (e.g., sissies). Do you not see the absurdity of a guy who claims San Francisco as his franchise exhibiting gay phobia? Where did you go to college, Northampton? Where do you summer, Provincetown? All great places but not places where you would blend well.

    No man who truly respects football would ever attack Steve Grogan, Wes Welker, or Tom Brady but you and bozo do. They are the quintessential hard working competitors who gave/give their all when they step out on the field.

    I might have been on three 49er threads during my PFT life but you and bozo stalk the Patriot threads.

    If you want to act tough, go pick a fight in a leather bar in the Castro District.

  50. bobhk says: May 20, 2012 12:33 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    May 20, 2012 10:48 AM
    bobhk, if you and bozo are not one in the same, you’re his online identical twin. You and bozo both troll the Patriots threads, attack other posters personally, claim franchises with historical success as your own, and have a latent tendency to call out players and other posters manhood with pejorative terms (e.g., sissies). Do you not see the absurdity of a guy who claims San Francisco as his franchise exhibiting gay phobia? Where did you go to college, Northampton? Where do you summer, Provincetown? All great places but not places where you would blend well.

    No man who truly respects football would ever attack Steve Grogan, Wes Welker, or Tom Brady but you and bozo do. They are the quintessential hard working competitors who gave/give their all when they step out on the field.

    I might have been on three 49er threads during my PFT life but you and bozo stalk the Patriot threads.

    If you want to act tough, go pick a fight in a leather bar in the Castro District.

    ——–
    @tigerlilac

    I have been a niners fan ever since I started following football 24 years ago. Just because I root for a franchise that has history of success and you have a problem with it doesn’t mean you dismiss it. Should I claim that you’ve started calling pats your own since 2001?
    I have nothing to do with bozo but you think it’s ok for ampats to personally attack bozo. But if someone else calls out ampats that’s all wrong.
    If you are having a hard time understanding this, I’d suggest go ask someone else to read the exchange between bozo and ampats to see if indeed ampats did not attack bozo.

    I went to school at Cornell and live in the bay area so I have exposure to both kind of thinking. I think it’s funny for a guy to talk about me having gay phobia to turn around and tell me to go pick a fight in a Castro bar. Ironic.

    Really nice of you to judge me on what I read. I go to whichever threads I find interesting regardless of which team it is. For a person who appears to be self righteous, you sure are quick to judge. Who cares if you have not been a niners thread. You reading habits are not germane to this discussion.

    Sure Welker, Brady, and Grogan are hard working. I didn’t make a personal statement about their dedication to the game. However, Grogan would not someone that can be called as a rich tradition. I have even defended Brady on his greatness in the past.

    Many pats have been extremely arrogant on this thread. On would think NFL was invented in 2001.

  51. homelanddefense says: May 21, 2012 11:12 AM

    bobhk says: May 20, 2012 1:07 AM

    ampats says:
    May 19, 2012 10:23 PM
    bobhk is one of the saddest persona on the site. He keeps spewing his hate for the Patriots for all the years the Colts choked in the playoffs/AFC Championship resulting in only ONE Lombardi and now Peyton has taken his talen his talents to Denver while Indy has drafted another Peyton or possibly Alex Smith ???

    ——————-
    @ampats
    you are so hilarious and at the same time pathetic.

    You can dish out crap to bozo (or others) but can’t take it. Figured you to be a sissy.

    I don’t have have hate for the Pats. I have disdain.

    I’m not a Indy fan although I like Peyton. His defense did not carry him to superbowl unlike the guy in NE.

    I am a niners fan. Although we have Alex Smith (who did not play all that bad last year), I take solace in the fact that we have had a very rich tradition in NFL (including to HOF QBs, and 5 shiny Lombardi trophies). Who do you have in Pats history? Bledsoe, Grogan, Spygate, and one of the worst defeats in superbowl history.

    ____________________________

    Actually Peyton’s defense did carry him to that superbowl. Go look at his stats in the playoffs that year, and check out his defensive stats too? Bob Sanders came back for the playoff and the D was dominant aside from 1 game.

    And when its all said and done with this QB/HC combo the pats will have plenty of players you can add to the list of John Hanna, Mike Haynes, Armstorng, Tippett, Ben Coates, etc. Many more will come from the latest dynasty too (Vinatierri, Law, etc)

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