We have all seen it before. A marquee NFL player who decided that, instead of taking that franchise tag and running away with their year, they’ll throw their equivalent of a temper tantrum (or hissy fit to use my mothers vernacular). Thats right, they hold out.
Sometimes they feel their contract isn’t up to the level of their talent (Chris Johnson). Other times, they get completely hosed by a strange twist of the rules (Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins). Mostly, they just want to get paid. I can’t argue with that. Get that money while you can. I’ve had jobs like that and you strike while the iron is HOT. What I CAN argue with, is why this guy, why this year?
The New England Patriots pride themselves on being focused soley and completely on the TEAM. They have what could be the best Coach ever to play with Bill Belichick. Tom Brady is the greatest QB in NFL history (I could care LESS if Eli has beat him. You REALLY think Eli is better? REALLY?). He, and many other members of this Patriots squad, have restructured their contracts to make the team MORE competitive than it was last year when they were a few dropped passes away from shutting everyone up. Brady is taking a base of less than $1 million. Ochocinco decided to match that.
In the case of Wes Welker, nothing good can come out of a hold out. The Patriots have demonstrated in the past that, once the tag has been placed (Adam Vinatieri, Asante Samuel), they aren’t changing their minds and if you decide you don’t like their offer (i.e. Logan Mankins) they are PLENTY deep at your position. With a guy like Danny Amendola looking for his chance to settle into a Tom Brady led offense, Welker needs to understand his position..
He has a chance to anchor one of the best looking aerial attacks conceived by man.
So, Wes, you’re gonna hold out for MORE than the $9 MILLION they’re gonna give you this season? This is what you want to do? Say it ain’t so.