Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/22/12

About a month ago former New England Patriots linebacker and current NFL analyst ripped into wide receiver Wes Welker for saying that he might miss mandatory team activities while holding out for a long-term contract.

McGinest said he did not like the wideout's "diva attitude" and the two exchanged a few barbs on Twitter.

Since then, Welker has signed his $9.515 million tender and has said he would, in fact, be attending optional team activities (OTAs).

McGinest spoke with The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian about the spat, which he says was resolved even before Welker signed the tender.

“I’m cool with Wes. I never had a problem with him in the beginning. I was just trying to give him the blueprint of how things go down (in Foxboro),” McGinest said. “If you’re franchised, and you have a chance to make $9.5 million, grab it. It’s more than half of your last contract. If they want to franchise you again next year, that number goes up. That’s $20 million in two years. That’s quarterback money.

There is, of course, no guarantee that the Patriots would apply the tag to Welker again next year or that they would even offer him a contract. At that point, Welker would be a 32-year-old who has already suffered an ACL injury. That being said, Welker is also unlike most similar players – he is both a slot receiver and a number-one receiver, which is unusual in itself.

McGinest acknowledged that the Patriots might take a different route and might not offer him a contract.

“Look, I’ll never tell a guy, ‘Don’t go after the money,'" he said. "Just be smart about the moves you make, and understand how the game works, and understand how the Patriots do business. And your worth to them. Understanding that, they make decisions based on business, and not because they love you to death, or what you have done for them. They’re one of the best in the business at doing that. That’s why they’re so successful. The other thing you have to remember (is that) they brought other players in there. .?.?. so you’re expendable. It’s a plug-and-play system.’?”

"If they don’t give you that contract … I mean, that’s why I left," McGinest continued. "I didn’t want to break the bank. I would have taken way less. But they didn’t want to do that. I understood that. I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to retire there. So I had to do what was best for me and my family. I moved on and wound up with a pretty big deal for the last few years of my career. But I understood how the dynamics of the business worked when it came to that. That’s all I was trying to tell Wes: Look at the big picture."

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