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Wes Welker not upset that Patriots took care of Rob Gronkowski first

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When NFL teams are deciding which players get long-term contract extensions, a 23-year-old All-Pro is going to be a higher priority than a 31-year-old All-Pro. Wes Welker is smart enough to understand that.

So when Welker was asked whether it upsets him that the Patriots signed Rob Gronkowski to a new deal but haven’t given Welker the contract he wants, he said he completely understands.

No, not at all,” Welker said, via the Providence Journal. “I’m always pulling for the players, especially a guy like Gronk, who does such a great job for us and works hard. He deserves every bit of that contract.”

The deal could keep Gronkowski in New England for as many as eight more seasons, and Welker said he thinks the Patriots were smart to lock Gronkowski down for the prime years of his career.

“I thought it was a great deal. You need a guy like that around here for a long time. He’s such a great player for us,” Welker said. “Having him around for a while is a great deal for us and our organization. I’m very happy for him.”

Welker, who has signed his franchise tender and has a guaranteed salary of $9.5 million this season, said he’s not overly concerned about getting a new deal done for himself. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick was his usual ebullient self when asked about getting a deal with Welker done before the July 16 NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts.

“It is what it is,” Belichick said. “The rules are the rules. So whatever they are, we’ll comply with them.”

Thanks for clearing that up, coach.

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21 Responses to “Wes Welker not upset that Patriots took care of Rob Gronkowski first”
  1. nflmastermind says: Jun 13, 2012 11:45 AM

    he was pissed off before when they wouldn’t give him a long term deal, had to backpedal on his comments then and now he’s NOT mad that Gronkowski got a deal done ? please anyone who believes this is incredibly naive

  2. jetfanfolife says: Jun 13, 2012 11:51 AM

    Patriots suck period, bunch of no good cheats! Cheating there way to the SB winning three of them and then post spy gate can’t win a SB to save their lives and contracts.

  3. portlax12 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:53 AM

    What was he supposed to say? I think Belicheck would have ripped him a new one if he said anything different.

  4. cooklynn17 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:55 AM

    And exactly who cares if he was upset?

  5. hit2hurt says: Jun 13, 2012 11:57 AM

    “It is what it is,” Belichick said. “The rules are the rules. So whatever they are, we’ll comply with them.”

    “Unless those rules are regarding the taping of other teams…”

  6. j0esixpack says: Jun 13, 2012 12:02 PM

    What kindof question is that to ask Welker?

    “Are you surprised that Belichick didn’t lose his mind and extend a 31 year old WR already under contract to play next year BEFORE re-signing a 23 year old monster TE who the team hopes will be productive for the next decade?”

    …. um, no.

    Is anyone?

  7. randy8123 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    jetfanfolife says:
    Jun 13, 2012 11:51 AM
    Patriots suck period, bunch of no good cheats! Cheating there way to the SB winning three of them and then post spy gate can’t win a SB to save their lives and contracts.

    ——————

    Riiiight – unlike the Jets who used the same taping system to “cheat” their way to zero rings in 43 years. 44, unless Tebow really is the second coming.

  8. flash1283 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    jetfanfolife says: Jun 13, 2012 11:51 AM

    Patriots suck period, bunch of no good cheats! Cheating there way to the SB winning three of them and then post spy gate can’t win a SB to save their lives and contracts.
    ———–

    What was that line in the movie? Oh yeah..

    “We got ourselves a moron here”

  9. ampats says: Jun 13, 2012 12:13 PM

    jetfanforlife (poor guy),

    You do realize that the Jets were caught filming at the 2006 playoff game in Foxborough except the Pats did not notify the league ?

    Pot/Kettle/Black

  10. phoff12 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:14 PM

    jetfanfolife says: Jun 13, 2012 11:51 AM

    Patriots suck period, bunch of no good cheats! Cheating there way to the SB winning three of them and then post spy gate can’t win a SB to save their lives and contracts.

    —————————–

    Your a Jet fan……..lol

  11. dalucks says: Jun 13, 2012 12:19 PM

    That’s the way to be a good little foot soldier. Enjoy your last season in New England and get ready for free agency next Summer.
    I would not be shocked if Wes got traded, at this point, I am sure Bill Bellichek would value any draft pick since he knows he is not going to resign Wes Welker.
    This may not be what you want to here but it is definitely what you need to know.

  12. bleedgreen11 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:20 PM

    I laugh at anyone who think Welker is mad that he is making 9.5 million this year. He is a team first guy, people can hate on NE all they want, but their players live breathe and sweat NE football. One of the only teams where the “team first” attitude is consistently put into play.

  13. gallogj says: Jun 13, 2012 12:24 PM

    Why would he be upset? If Wes gets franchised for the next 6 years, he’ll make more than Gronkowski makes in 8 years. I can think of $9.5 Million reasons why he shouldn’t be upset.

  14. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:36 PM

    What a bad year for Wes, first he shoulder’s more blame then he should for that poorly thrown ball by Brady. Then he is merely an afterthought in the Patriots off season contract restructuring plan.

  15. 6ball says: Jun 13, 2012 12:38 PM

    .

    If Welker wants to take his 9.5 million this year and become a free agent next season , he can .

    This notion that the Patriots have him held in a black site prison is sheer lunacy .

    @jets ….

    I filled my gas tank up the last time you won a super bowl . Regular gas costs .25 / gallon . Unleaded hadn’t been invented yet .

    .

  16. marima07 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:46 PM

    Welker is doing just fine. He’ll make his $9.5 mil this year and when the Pats franchise him again in 2013, he’ll make even more. No worries.

  17. CKL says: Jun 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    I didn’t expect WW to complain about it. Guys RARELY complain about a teammate getting more money or wanting a new contract. That’s a true “unwritten rule”. Well except for Farve and Tiki, who both complained about teammates contract status.

  18. ocho4316 says: Jun 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    We all know it, Wes wants back in Miami seeing that they just signed his old teammate Ochocinco for one year. He doesnt care what the pats do anymore, he just wants back in Miami.

  19. andrewproughcfe says: Jun 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    After conferring with Gisele Bundchen, the Pats have come up with a new strategy for getting Welker a long-term deal:

    1. They will pay Brady about $18 million to THROW the football

    2. They will also pay Brady about $9 million to CATCH the football

    3. They will pay Welker $5 dollars and give him free shoes to stand around and watch

  20. rc33 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:04 PM

    andrewproughcfe says: Jun 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    After conferring with Gisele Bundchen, the Pats have come up with a new strategy for getting Welker a long-term deal:

    1. They will pay Brady about $18 million to THROW the football

    2. They will also pay Brady about $9 million to CATCH the football

    3. They will pay Welker $5 dollars and give him free shoes to stand around and watch
    —————————————–
    Long way to go for something that’s just not funny.

  21. covercorner says: Jun 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    The Pats plan to screw Welker again just like they did when they traded for him.

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