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Wes Welker has led the league in receptions for three of the five years he’s played for the New England Patriots. He is far and away the biggest receiving threat on the Patriots roster, and last year, he backed it up by racking up a ridiculous 1,569 receiving yards, more than any other Patriot in history. So then why do contract negotiations between Welker and the Patriots seem to have hit a rough patch?
Welker declined a one-year, $9.5 million offer by the Patriots, thinking that a long-term deal was imminent. When you consider Welker’s production over the years, you can’t really blame him for expecting a little bit more trust from his organization. Since he declined the aforementioned deal, Welker says things have only gotten worse.
Despite this, Welker has stated that rather than skip team activities in an attempt to scare the Patriots, he will try his hardest to convince the team that he deserves a longer contract by showing up to every OTA and practice and giving his all.
If the Patriots don’t offer him a long-term contract, Welker says he will accept the $9.5 million franchise tender to continue playing with them, but one has to wonder why the organization which he has helped lead to dominance would ever even consider upsetting him over the length of his contract.