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It was music to Patriots’ fans ears when franchise player Wes Welker announced today that he would not hold out into the regular season, saying he has “9.5 million reasons” why he won’t miss any regular season games. The 9.5 million refers to the franchise tender value that he is guaranteed this season. Welker has expressed the desire to get a long term deal and remain a Patriot for life, but the Patriots habitually play hardball with these types of negotiations. Welker has not ruled out skipping OTAs and minicamps, but he will not miss any games.
The biggest concern with him is a long off-season holdout where he gets out of shape. Darrelle Revis and Chris Johnson have had down seasons in the last 2 years respectively after skipping most of the offseason workouts. However, if Welker is willing to rule out skipping games as early as now, I doubt this holdout lasts very long. There’s also a very good chance that Welker is extended by the July 16th deadline for franchise players to be ...
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There will not be a sincere controversy regarding Patriots receiver Wes Welker.
Much to his chagrin, Welker was hit with the franchise tag this year as he worked to get an extended deal done.
When he skipped the start of off-season activities and workouts, there was the hum that he was digging in his feet to prepare to fight for a long-term contract.
Though he still is working...
Wide receiver Wes Welker has proven once again that he's one of the most team-oriented players in Patriots history. Welker signed his franchise tender Tuesday, which fully guaranteed his $9.5 million salary for the 2012 season, and it means he'll be able to report for offseason workouts at Gillette Stadium, if he chooses to do so. That's timely because the Patriots start...
Patriots WR Wes Welker has signed his franchise tender, according to a league source.
— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) May 15, 2012
Wes Welker said Monday that he's got 9.5 million reasons not to miss any games this season. He reaffirmed that in a big way on Tuesday. Welker has decided to sign his franchise tender with the Patriots, which means he'll earn $9.5 million this season after the Pats placed the franchise tag on him this offseason. The news was first reported by The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard...
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his franchise tag, which will pay him $9.5 million for the 2012 season.
Welker was just on WEEI Radio in Boston yesterday and stated that he had 9.5 million reasons to play this year and ultimately not hold out. He said that at he moment he wasn’t sure what he was...
New England Patriots four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his $9.4 million franchise tender.
Welker made the announcement via his official Twitter account.
New England Patriots All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker has signed his franchise tender according to a team official.
The Patriots gave Welker the franchise tag back on March 5th as one of 21 teams to select a franchise player.
By signing the tender Welker is guaranteed to make $9.51 million dollars for the 2012 season. He and the team still have until July 14 to reach a longterm...
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been back with the team for a few months now, but spoke with the media for the first time Friday, at the opening of rookie camp. The Patriots offense was largely a well-oiled machine in 2011, but it did lack a deep threat. Currently, New England has
BOSTON -- Their facial expressions said it all. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Devin McCourty were informed of Wes Welker's big news Tuesday, just moments after he signed his franchise tender. Edelman and McCourty both beamed as they realized the team's five-time receptions leader would be returning to work. "I think it's a real positive thing...
Looks like Wes Welker can be counted on to take the field once the regular season starts.
At least that's what he said on WEEI's 'Mut & Merloni' show, stating "there are 9.5 million reasons why I wouldn't miss any regular-season games,".
The Patriots placed the franchise tag on him March 5th, earning him an automatic $9.5 million for the 2012 season...